By Taylor Forcier
Popular artists are not the only professionals in the music industry. There are many behind the scenes careers in music that are not as commonly known. All of these are necessary for music as we know it. There are also opportunities for careers in music outside of the commercial music industry. Some of these careers can be pursued by obtaining a degree from one of many online music schools.
Many online universities offer a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Production degree program. Music producers work with coordinating technical aspects of recording music including mixing, editing, writing, and pinpointing problem areas during recording. They oversee the sound engineers, musicians, and other staff involved with making a recording. Because of this, they must be well versed in all aspects of recording. Those working on a degree in music production often study such areas as music production in media, composition programming, copyright law and publishing, digital recording, musical arranging, and songwriting. Students also study basic music theory as it applies to composition. A strong emphasis is generally put on the use of music technology. This can include recording, mixing software and hardware, and various other aspects needed to produce music.
Those with a degree in music production often begin as a sound engineer or production assistant before becoming the music producer. Sound engineers run sound equipment and are responsible for mixing sound and setting up the equipment. They do sound checks and make sure that recording equipment is set to the correct recording levels. They are overseen by the producer. Production assistants generally do clerical work for the producer such as booking studio time, contacting musicians, sending emails, and organizing the details of a recording session.
Another music degree that can be found commonly online is a Bachelor of Science in Music Business degree. This degree prepares a student to be a music manager, accountant, publisher, or promoter. Generally the degree offers a combination of basic music knowledge and business fundamentals. Courses are often offered in concert management and publicity, music marketing, music distribution, record label development, artist management, and music business management.
Students with this degree may become booking or talent agents. These agents seek out artists with potential and work with them to develop their skills while getting gigs for them. This degree can also allow a person to become a concert promoter. Concert promoters work in financing, advertising, and organizing performances. This work can occur in a variety of venues including churches, auditoriums, festivals, arenas, and clubs. Other possible career options are consultants, contractors, retail managers in music, publicity managers, publicists, marketing representatives, publishers, tour coordinators, and road managers.
Music therapists use music to treat patients with various medical conditions. Music has been proven to help patients recover from trauma both physically and mentally. It can be used in rehabilitation, for stress relief, or for memory recover in older patients. Most online schools for music therapy offer a Master’s of Science in Music Therapy degree. To pursue this degree, a bachelor’s degree, often in music or psychology with musical experience, is needed. This degree program covers psychological principals as well as music technology, audio production, improvisation, composition, visual production, and applications of music to therapy. Theoretical information about why music therapy works is also covered.
Music therapists can work in a variety of venues. They often find employment in Hospice, correctional facilities, outpatient clinics, group homes, drug and alcohol programs, inpatient medical units, community mental health centers, geriatric facilities, state institutions, nursing homes, universities, private practice, schools, or inpatient psychiatric units. Music therapists also find work in rehabilitation clinics.
About The Writer: Taylor Forcier is a freelance writer for an online schools website, a self-proclaimed musician, and a full time mom. She enjoys going to the beach in the summer and skiing in the winter.
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