You want to discover yourself, or your musically inclined self. You love music, and you want to know whether you can be a rockstar, a professional instructor, or even a composer – or whether you are destined to become one. You want to explore your musical talents, but you are not sure how to do this. If you agreed to any (or all) of these, read on to find the path to your discoveries!
Why music is so popular
Music is all around – on TV, in film, in stores, in elevators, in cars, and just about everywhere else. Catchy lyrics, jingles, and so much more work their way into everyday life. Furthermore, music is one of many forms of art in which people all over the globe spend a great deal of time and effort appreciating. Understanding music allows a perspective with which one can see the world and give back to it through culture, philosophy, creativity, and so much more.
Is learning music easy?
Some may say that learning an instrument or music theory, in general, came easy to them, while others beg to differ. To prevent a more challenging than enjoyable learning experience, consider learning how to play what are considered to be simpler instruments, such as the triangle, the ukulele, and the harmonica. While no instrument is particularly easy to master, instruments such as these will allow individuals to focus on understanding the theory behind what they play and become better instrumentalists over time.
Tapping into your talent
You never know what you like, or what you don’t, until you try. Luckily, there are a great many ways to try music on for size! For those who are independent or like do-it-yourself projects, consider teaching yourself music theory and/or how to play an instrument through DVDs, books, and more. If you prefer a classroom setting, you can enroll in local or even private music lessons, where professional instructors will guide you to a better understanding of music and instrumentation. You could even join or form a local ensemble, which is open to beginners, and learn how to play among people who are at the same level as you are. This is a popular option, as group settings often make it easier and more fun to be creative and, thankfully, less scary to make a mistake or two.
Take your skill to the next level
Because it is a constantly evolving industry, music can be studied almost anywhere, from community colleges to universities around the world. Today, it is even possible to earn a master’s in music education online. Whether you decide to minor or major in music or go as far as getting your master’s degree, thoroughly educating yourself in music will prepare you for an array of careers within its versatile industry.
Music and money
Despite contrary belief, there are a variety of professions available to individuals with musical skill. Many who pursue music do so because they love to create it, so why not do it for a living? As a performer, one could either create their own music or, at the least, perform that of others for a variety of audiences. If the spotlight isn’t your aim, you could consider a role as a background instrumentalist or singer.
Also, as a songwriter or content producer, musicians can sell the content that they create to performers, organizations, and the like for private or even commercial use. You could end up writing the catchiest jingle of the decade!
Music and money – behind the scenes
Another common role in the music industry is that of the observer, or the journalist. As a radio DJ, video or TV personality, and/or music journalist, you are responsible for absorbing, documenting, and reviewing all aspects of music for its many consumers. Even though you may not be creating or delivering the music or its theories, you are still responsible for using your knowledge and perspective to relay it to those who want to hear about it, which means that you carry a very important role. Think about your favorite albums, your favorite music videos, your favorite artists – they gained their popularity by constantly being talked up in articles, reviews, and headlines. With your newfound musical skill, you could be the one to write about them.
To discover your musical talents, it is important to study music and apply your interests with more command. Educating yourself and developing your talents will prepare you for a number of careers, and more.