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Summary

Musicians create music. They compose, conduct, sing, perform music in different styles. They are skilled artists who dedicate their life to music and its composition by playing a variety of instruments. They may work on thier own, as freelancers or in collaboration with others. Competition in the field of music is high and musicians need to dedicate hours of practice to maintain and develop their skill, whatever their preferred style.

Career Opportunities in Music

  • Musician or Singer
    Musicians compose music and play various musical instruments. A musician can be a composer, singer, lyricist while Singers on the other hand gives voice to the lyrics. Both singers and musicians perform in a live performance (concerts) or in the recordings for films, theatre, etc.
  • Music Teacher
    Music teachers has an adequate knowledge in the field of music. He/she teachers students how to play various intruments as well as gives singing lessons. Music teachers must have a bachelor's degree in music education.
  • Musical Director or Composer
    Musical directors selects and plans music for groups such as orchestras, bands, or choirs during live group performances. A music composer creates composition for movies, albums, etc as per the vision communicated by the music director.
  • Arranger
    An Arranger works closely with the writer. He does the creative mixing and aims at bringing out what the writer was trying to convey when he wrote the composition
  • Lyricist
    A lyricist gives words to the music composed.
  • Music Editor
    Music Editor makes sure that the music is in tempo with the scenes and enchances the feel of the video being watched.
  • Music Therapist
    Using many methods, from singing and composing to rhythmic movement or playing instruments,music therapists incorporate melody and rhythm into their patients' treatment.
  • Freelancer
    Working as a freelancer is the latest trend in Musician Industry. Freelancers don't work for a particular company and aren't bounded by any contracts of any recording studio or production house.

How to Pursue a Career in Music

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII in any streamPursue Bachleors in Music (Hons.)/ any Discipline for 3 years--
Path 2
Clear Class XII in any streamPursue Diploma in Music for 1-2 years--

Important Facts

Although music industry is not a degree specific industry, but some music academies require students to have music as a one of the subjects in +2 or Diploma or equivalent certificate course in Music, beside having special aptitude in the concerned subject they are applying for.

Leading Institutes

Top Music Institutes in India
College Location Website
Visva Bharati, Birbhum (West Bengal) West Bengal www.visvabharati.ac.in
Ramjas College, New Delhi Delhi www.ramjascollege.edu
Banaras Hindu University Banaras www.bhu.ac.in
Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata (West Bengal) West Bengal www.rbu.ac.in
AR Rahman's KM Music Conservatory Chennai www.kmmc.in
University of Mumbai, Department of Music Mumbai www.archive.mu.ac.in/arts/finearts/music/courses.html
Top Music Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
Juilliard School United States www.juilliard.edu/apply-audition
University of Music and Performing Arts Austria www.mdw.ac.at
Royal College of Music United Kingdom www.rcm.ac.uk
Sibelius Academy Finland www.uniarts.fi/en
University of California, Berkeley California www.berkeley.edu
Guildhall School of Music and Drama United Kingdom www.gsmd.ac.uk

Music Entrance Exams

Undergraduate
College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Visva Bharati, Birbhum (West Bengal) May based on MErit list www.visva-bharati.ac.in/about%20vb/contents/admission-notice-sangit-bh-030814.pdf
Delhi University (Ramjas College) April- May Meri basis
On the basis of past profile and should have prior experience of not less than 3 years or practised under a guru for 3 years/ or been part of the following recognised institute to apply fo Music (Hins)
  1. Bhatkhande Sangeet Vidyapeeth (main branches)
  2. Gandharva MahavidyalayaMandal (main branches)
  3. Prayag Sangeet Samiti (main branches)
  4. Indira Kala Sangeet Vishvavidyalaya (main branches)
  5. Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan (main branches)
  6. Bhartiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi
  7. Sangeet Bharati, New Delhi 22
  8. Triveni, New Delhi
www.ug.du.ac.in/site_files/UG_Bulletin.pdf
Banaras Hindu University 2nd Feb- 4th March (UG) -(Forms), Test- 2nd week of (April & May) BHU- UET www.bhuonline.in
AR Rahman's KM Music Conservatory Forms- May first week 3 courses
Preparatory Program: Anyone (any age grup) can apply without prior experience. 2-5 year course
Foundation program: Diploma program of 1-2 years
Proposed Program: BA program, 3 years course. Requires student to have completed the foundation course for admission
www.kmmc.in
University of Mumbai, Department of Music Forms - 1st May, Test - 1st June Audition test www.archive.mu.ac.in/arts/finearts/music/courses.html
Postgraduate
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata (West Bengal) Forms - 5th june- 15th June, Test (Practical)- Last week of June, (Written) First week of July Practical test for Rabindra Sangeet, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, followed by a Written test www.rbu.ac.in
Banaras Hindu University 2nd Feb- 4th March (UG) -(Forms), Test- 2nd week of (April & May) BHU- UET www.bhuonline.in
AR Rahman's KM Music Conservatory Forms- May first week 3 courses
Preparatory Program: Anyone (any age grup) can apply without prior experience. 2-5 year course
Foundation program: Diploma program of 1-2 years
Proposed Program: BA program, 3 years course. Requires student to have completed the foundation course for admission
www.kmmc.in
University of Mumbai, Department of Music Forms - 1st May, Test - 1st June Audition test www.archive.mu.ac.in/arts/finearts/music/courses.html

Work Description

  • Compose music for recording in a studio or perform in front of live audience
  • Practice and rehearse regularly to maintain the melody in the voice
  • Gain expertise in different genres of music as well as in playing instrument(s)
  • Promote one's music through internet or by performing at different venues
  • Work as a single or in a band, chorus or orchestra
  • Guide the upcoming talents with one's own knowledge and experience
  • Produce music for the film industry
  • Be self-confident and highly motivated to overcome the struggling period

Pros & Cons of a Career in Music

Pros
  • It fulfils your passion for music. Music as a therapy is also used on people, so you can also serve the society.
  • Being good at your work allows you to do play back singing for famous personalities.
  • You get fame and money.
Cons
  • This industry being unpredictable, musicians have to deal with part-time work.
  • There is a cut throat competition in this industry thus you have to work very hard.
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