The bachelor-level study of music generally appeals to students who are naturally drawn to the world of music, the various practices of music, and music's impact on the world. It typically takes four years of full-time study to obtain a bachelor's degree in music.
You can study music from many perspectives;... do you see yourself fitting into one of these scenarios? You're a musician or a singer. You want to perform on stage, or conduct. You want to teach music and expose your students to music of all types, and help bring out students' natural musical talents, providing opportunities for them to perform in front of an audience. You want to work for a record company in A&R, marketing, TV and video placement, or publicity — or become the CEO or president of that record company. You want to study the business of music and become a manager, booking agent, music lawyer, or publicist. You want to work in a recording studio — the technical studio environment. You'll probably start as an intern, work your way up to perhaps, assistant engineer, then recording engineer — someone who knows the equipment and makes technical decisions in collaboration with the producer. The producer is the main interface between the artist and the record company. The producer is the team leader who has an outsider's perspective and can listen to the music with fresh ears and offer guidance.
The curriculum for an aspiring musician or general music student typically includes classes in mastering a particular instrument, studio time for practicing that instrument, classes in music theory and analysis, and the study of all kinds of music: experimental music, jazz, West African drumming, Korean drumming, indeterminacy, Javanese gamelan, the history of rock and roll, history of musical theatre, global hip-hop, south Indian music, music recording and sound design, studying film music, and Yiddish theatre, just to name a few. To graduate, the performance artist gives a recital performance. With bachelor-level study of music completed online, you could eventually find your place as a performer, touring or studio musician, songwriter, producer, disc jockey, or work in the music publishing industry.
A singer might undertake a music curriculum that includes classes in voice, rhythm and performance, music history, lyric diction, and liberal arts.
To teach in a classroom, a music-education major learns teaching methods and completes the courses required to obtain state-required credentials. Classes may include music history, jazz studies, musicology and ethnomusicology, music theory and composition, music literature, the art of teaching (pedagogy), music performance, and music technology.
Someone interested in the business side of music will delve into a curriculum that is strong in basic business principles such as contracts and negotiations. Classes may include music marketing and promotions, copyrights and trademarks, music recording techniques, entrepreneurial business planning and self-promotion, artist management, live-event production and promotion, lyric writing and songwriting, DJ performance techniques, and music distribution.
Potential jobs for the music major may include performer, agent or business manager representing and promoting performers, royalty accountant, production engineer, concert promoter, theatrical agent, record-label executive, music publicist, conductor, music software developer, and music teacher.
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