Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Traditionally, there were few ways to make a living in music. Option 1- make minimal money teaching music or, Option 2- make NO money making music! Now we find ourselves in late 2009 where music is more than acknowledged as a true profession and there are endless ways to make any amount of money in the profession.
There is the traditional profession of music education that, depending on where you live, what level you teach (Elem, MS, HS, College), what level education you have, and how many years you have teaching in the profession, can lend a rather substantial pay check.
Leaning towards the “not so traditional” line of music education is the private lesson studios that are being established across the nation. Something that used to be reserved for Saturday morning piano lessons is now becoming a formidable method of income for many music educators.
We also have the ever so popular Music Industry which includes everything from Beyoncé to the Public Relations aspect of promoting the New York Philharmonic. The people in “the business” are not necessarily the ones making the big bucks, either. Their agents and record producers are the ones making the money. So many young people want to grow up to be the next big country singer so they can be rich but they can surpass any financial goals they may have by getting a four year degree in Music Industry and becoming the person making the decisions for that “big country singer that is rich.”
Many people in the music business make money by utilizing their specific and unique abilities as musicians and business man by traveling around to area groups and offering clinician criticism to these groups.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The springtime is a time when members from many differnet communities are eager for a new beginning on their musical journey. I can remmeber my first steps when learning to play music. At age six,my parnets took me to the local music store to purchase my very own first instrument. It was such an exciting time for both me and my parnets! The weekend was filled with anticipation as I anxiously awaited my first musical debut at church.
However, as time passed on, the excitement and thrill of having my own instrument took a drastic nosedive. Suddenly, it was just another toy.Yet, I made the desicion to preserve and see it throught, because I loved music. Just like other musicians and me, there will also be moments along your musical journey when your instrest in and love of music will decline; especially when you feel that you are not progressing as rapidly as you'd like or when Lil'johnny just isn't mastering playing the drums as you thought he would. It is at those times when you have to remind yourself that sucess has never preceded hard work or persistence, not even I the "Music Master" could get around that.
Reflect back on Lil' johnny's first steps as he began to walk. First, he stood up without holding on and you were elated. Then he took that first step,wobbled and fell. You were both excited and proud of Lil'johnny. Therefore,you encouraged him to get up and try again and repeatedly prasied him for his efforts. Well, just like walking, mastering any musical instrument will also take repetitive practice, encouragement and praise.
So let me be the first to encourage the beginning musicians who have grand visions of their musical destiny. I've often heard many of Music Masters' members say, "I've always seen myself playing in front of large crowds". Believe me when I say, "Yes you can and yes, you will", if you to press on when times get hard and your learning appears to have come to a halt. And to the moms and dads who have visions of their children playing sweet music for big family gatherings, praise their every effort and encourage them to practice even when neither you nor they desire to do so.
Learning music opens a whole world of endless possibilities for both musicians and their families. Therefore, I encourage each new member to reach above the break when times get hard so that you can receive your breakthrough as a musician. If you sow time and effort into learning and practicing then great will be the rewards when you begin to embark upon your musical career.
"The Music Master"
Thursday, January 1, 2009
The Music Master
Happy New Year