Should You Consider a Career in Music?

What to Consider When Starting Your Music Career

In this interview, Roger H. Brown, President of Berklee College of Music, shares his thoughts on whether a career in music is advisable in today’s job market, and offers some hints on finding your way into the field if you decide that it’s the life for you.

25 thoughts on “Should You Consider a Career in Music?

  1. When I was in high school (30 years ago) I wanted to be a high school music
    teacher because I had a joy learning all the facets of music between the
    ages of say 14-20.

    I never got there……….but the teachers at my school are now earning
    more than $45,000 a year after being at the school for less than 10 years.
    For me, the money would be much better than what I’m earning right

    but I’d be having a much more meaningful life standing in front of a group
    of 15-18 year olds trying to teach them how to play

    Cappriccio Italian and Romeo and Juliet and Mahler’s 9th

  2. I think a big point to keep in mind is with ANY ARTIST they do what they do
    because they love it. not for money, not for popularity or fame. If they
    happen to be able to make a little cash while creating there Art then that
    is considered gravy. not thought of as anything they expected or think they
    diverse. I believe that is the idea of art from time of conception. Do not
    go into this field expecting to be rich and famous. I think that is a big
    mistake and takes focus away from your Art and creativity. 

  3. people who said “oh money its all about the music” is the stupidest thing
    ever, yes its about the music but making a living is just as important

  4. i am a software engineer student, and i have a 70% of my career finished,
    and i would leave everything just to study music, music is my life and it
    have always been since i was 8 years old.

  5. I take that back. They could have gotten me an internship but they wouldn’t
    because they pretty much didn’t care about my future after Berklee. And I
    was a performance major with straight 7’s as ratings.

  6. @JAustinMunn Have you JUST discovered this? Same goes for Ivy League
    Universities and such. A degree is a degree wherever you get it.

  7. Yes i also think berklee looks incredible, and its a dream to go there for
    many students… But $250,000 isnt just gonna pop out of your wallet either

  8. I love Boston, and I love the Campus. But the fact of the matter is that I
    don’t have $200,000 to get a degree from Berklee. Besides, I think that the
    reason for going to a prestigious music college is not that they can teach
    you more, it’s the prestige behind the school. Odds are, you will have a
    better chance of getting a job going to Berklee than if you got a guitar
    degree from UNM.

  9. Atleast my comment wasn’t a run on sentance. For you to call me stupid is
    pretty ironic. I was simply stating my preferance (opinion). I wouldnt pay
    200K for something I get for free. Be my guest! Spend your money there.

  10. Apparently there is a limit to the number of chars one can write here with
    these comments… …to continue… I was very inexperienced on my
    instrument when I attended and I struggled, BUT I also learned a LOT while
    I was there too. It’s a mixed bag. There are some amazing players there and
    there are some amazing teachers, but there is NO guarantee whatsoever that
    you will succeed in a career in music just because you attended and/or
    graduated from Berklee.

  11. I was a performance major. And that’s a catch phrase a lot of people like
    to say because your sure not going to get any help from faculty so it’s all
    up to you to learn on your own. Basically it’s like not going to school at
    all, and just learning on your own plus 60000 a year.

  12. Without Boomers and Gen X’rs buying albums along with the incredibly high
    price of living today its becoming more hopeless for people to become great
    artists and survive. Gen Y’s and big corporations have killed music’s near
    future and I have a feeling many future generations will look back on the
    years before 2010 and view it as a golden age in music never to be
    replicated again.

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