Do you need a degree to work in the music industry? This question does not have an easy answer. Colleges, especially music biz specific programs, can be very beneficial in terms of things like landing internships that turn into jobs, and many programs are taught by music biz pros who have tons of experience to share. On the other hand, I have never been asked about my degree while applying for work and the vast majority of people I know who work in music have had similar stories. So, what's the real deal? Share your music school success stories or ideas about why experience rules over education in the music biz. Share Your Thoughts
- Does anyone know if yo have to have a degree to be on broadway?
- —Guest Sami
associate of arts.. WHAT NEXT?
- I will be graduating this fall with associate. I was told to get this degree because I am a undecided major.. Now is the time when I should know what I want to do.. what are some good jobs in the Music industry in Promoting and marketing and what should I major in to get my Bachelor degree I also, sing
- —Guest dopestsofar
- thanks but what qualifcations for a music editor i wanted to know what they do how to become a music editor or what about a tour manager what they do what they have to do
- —Guest bex
- i have a question.. i am interested in becoming a A&R for a record company.. i dont know if i should get a music business degree or if i should get just a business degree
- —Guest ljay
Degrees ARE important though..
- Degrees are SO impoortant. Yes, music may be your passion but what if it does not work as well as you think it was. You end up with no job and no degreee to get another job to support yourself. It will all come down to how devoted you are. Im a 13 year old AVID student. I, personally, love music, i love to sing and write. But, school has to come first. This is my opinion. I've been told i'm on the right track since i still think of gretting ad degree and going to school. Remember i am young but i do understand the concequences of not going to get your degree, yeah it seems stupid now, but trust me you gonna need it!
- —Guest Juliet Williams
HANDS ON !!!
- I am a COUNTRY singer and have always had to be my own sound man !!! If you got an EAR and know how to read the owners Manuel , you can figure out anything !!!! ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU DON'T KNOW SOMETHING !!!! A DEGREE ??? Experience means alot !!!! I have put together a sound system that will " STAND UP TO ANY SYSTEM " all used stuff , most off Craigslist !!!! USE YOU HEAD AND " DO YOUR HOME WORK "!!!!!!
- —Guest Gary Stephens Chapman
What Should I Take Up?
- I need a course to take for college, im interested in the music industry and singing is one of my passions and im wondering if there is a course or a study on that sort of thing.
- —Guest Fallen Angel
- me and a buddy of mine are trying to get into the dj bussines. But not that regular old wedding dj and other little corney shit. I'm wondering if we should go to college or somthing that offers courses that teaches us more about the real thing? Would it be worth it?
- —Guest iozi
- If you're going to be a producer, then you might be interested in getting an audio production degree. One of my mentors has a degree, and he says it's a fabulous advantage. If you're going to be involved in the business portion, I know nothing about that. But an education is not required for being an artist, being an artist simply requires talent and creativity. Buy my single on iTunes! :) https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/we-gonna-dance/id546438373?i=546438375&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
- —Guest Sir Azar
- See, im younger here and i love singing. Its my passion and i cant see myself doing anything else in life besides music. I know this is exactly what im going to be doing with my life. I have no doubt about it. Ive been in training for the past year but its going to take more than that. You need to have the musical knowledge and even though college is a few years away i want to know now, i want to make goals now. Would it be the better choice to get a degree in music, or can i still work and make albums and tour and become succesful without one?
- —Guest KTBJ
Music degree is important
- I believe a music degree program is very important in the industry because if u'r not musically inclined( musically educated), even if your experience is rock solid, there are some issues u can't handle. I strongly believe that in the pursuit of music, to get the excessive cash, u need education and experience. If u can get these 3Es (Education, Experience, and Excessive cash), you'r definitely a pro musician. If u want the excessive cash flow in the industry, never seperate Education from Experience. Make your passion your profession. Have fun....
- —Guest GJazz
Do i also need a degree?
- What make's one a profesional?, is it not the certification one obtain's? Now if you can naturally perform what others are paying to learn in school, why can't you develope yours so as to, present you formally before the society. Now' it's a vital issue atleast for one to, Bear his/her certificate....mind you, it's not a must, but atleast do so...
- —Guest Dakye
Having a degree
- No,you don't necessary have to have a music degree to become a singer but it also helps because the classes you take while in school for it.Help you learn how to develop your strengths of singing and reading musical notes.Because i've been doing it for so long.I decide to go ahead and get a degree in it because i wanted to.not because I had to.when you have a passion for something you will do it even more. hope this helps
- —Guest Diamond
Commercial music degree '92- Yes
- Those with music biz degree have an advantage. They can research any issues that may take longer to obtain with just experience. Doing things by trial and error can be a handicap many atimes. The other day, I heard a woman with experience on the radio and could not explain the share of publishing percentages, because she has been use to doing it the crude way-with many conflict of interests being committed all the time. I am a Bsc. degree holder in Commercial Music Recoding. The industry is falling because too, many hustlers who has little knowledge of music business theory. Some of the entertainment attorneys do not know what it meant to can a music product before talking about contract for the artist. I am glad that the business is decentralizing with many indies being formed everytime. You may have some exp. am the new professional; I can research for solutions without any delay. With experience, you may have to go through many people to find answers which may not be conclusive.
- —Guest AD5858
- in alot of cases its all about who u know, n how well u are in the field that ur tring to get in. i know at least 3 fellas in the industry n havent passed high school yet so u dont really even need a g.e.d. crrrraaazy aint it?
- —Guest tone styles