Education for a career in music - Music technology and production
Now more than ever, universities and colleges that cater for people wanting a career in the music industry, broadcast and other related fields, are offering a massive range of courses. Increasingly the level of equipment, training and facilities are better that ever with the added benefit of many staff having previously had a career in the industry.
We have seen a trend. Many producers, engineers, front of house mixers etc are finding jobs in universities and colleges as either full time lecturers or part time guest speakers. This is having a very positive effect as students can learn from people who have worked their way up and have huge experience. We strongly suggest that you look for courses staffed by people who have worked in the industry in some way.
Coventry University, UK, like many other education establishments take recording industry training seriously
We will be featuring a range of courses and other useful pages but to start this area off visit our Deep page, they cater for students who want to learn the practical side of things more than a degree.
the record producers pages to choose the interviews that interest you and
remember, it was just as hard for them as it's going
to be for you but they show that it can be done.
Major career links - please let us know of any good links that you find!
De Montford University
Islington Music Workshop
University of Hertfordshire
thing that crops up on our recording
studio jobs forums are the qualifications needed.
Well, getting a degree is a fine thing but stop and
think before you commit yourself to a recording or production
degree. Ask yourself, 'can I use this degree if
I decide the business is not for me'? Also, is
having a recording degree going to offer any advantage?
Maybe, you could look at other degree's, possibly music,
possibly a science. We have met so many producers
with physics degrees it surprising!
you need a degree at all? Many of us studdied
at the school of hard knocks. Having a determined
and single minded focus on getting to their goal motivated
them so much that they made it. This is one of
the most important things really, degrees are great
but no matter how many qualifications that you have,
unless you have the attitude and personality that fits
you won't get far.
Coventry like many leading universities now run excellent music technology and production degrees
so say you get a job in a studio, what can you expect
and how can you move forward? We will cover that
in the next articles but in a nutshell, you will be
working for peanuts doing all the jobs you hate and
unless you are driven you'll lose interest. Do
yourself a favour, think hard before you start out on
this career as so many people start with massive enthusiasm
and then it wears off, the novelty is gone and after
a while get out of the business. Do be absolutely
sure you want to put the effort in.
yourself. Today, being good isn't enough.
You will need to make sure that once in a studio and
you are impressing people with your flair and results
that you keep an eye on self promotion. Even before
getting that far think about how to present yourself.
Sending a reply to a forum post offering a job with
'hi, I want a job, email me' will be an immediate turn
off. Find out where the job is, if it's within
range send a letter. Maybe send it in a 5 foot
envelope painted with pink spots - just get yourself
noticed and show creativity. We will go in to
this further on later pages.
luck with your quest. Be sure it really is what
you want as the journey is long, tough and in so many
cases, unrewarding. However, if you put the work
in, keep focused and take advantage of the bits of good
luck that come your way, you could be the next George
Martin, Nile Rodgers, Gary Katz, Phil Ramone etc etc.
own FORUM has helped a few people get some great jobs. You can
search our FORUM but remember that jobs don't just come to you, you need
to get out there and hussle! Keep an eye on when the
job ad was posted as some people reply to jobs that
were posted ages ago!