Careers for Musicians

So, one of my friends is majoring in English with a minor in Creative Writing, and she always jokes about how it’s the perfect combination for unemployment. Well, I don’t know much about what it is like to major in English or what the prospects are, but I can tell you about that stuff in regards to music as a major. I think that music is something that, if you love it, pursue it to no end. Keep going, and don’t stop. That being said, I believe that you can major in music even if your career plans do not include music-at least on the forefront.

Next week, I will giving you guys some insight into the different majors or concentrations that you can pursue within a music program. This week, I am preparing you so that you can start thinking about the end goal, which will then help you determine the best course of study FOR YOU.
I’m breaking it down into a few sections: Music Performance/Composition (like if you want to pursue music and want nothing else to it), Music Education, Music Business/Industry, Careers Outside of Music. First up, straight up music.
Music Performance/Composition
There are not that many careers in the field of performance and composition (other than those in the title), but there are a few. Careers include:
Orchestra Member
Choir Member
Opera Singer
Musical Theatre Singer
Chamber Group Member
Soloist (although you have to be at the VERY top for this one)
Accompanist
Pit Orchestra Musicians
Cruise ship Musician
Composer
Arranger/Orchestration
Transcriber
Music Education
You might think that there’s really only one type of career you can have in the field of music education, but that is far from the truth! Careers include:
Early Childhood Music Teacher
Elementary/General Music Teacher
Choir Director (K-12)
Orchestra/Strings Director (K-12)
Band Director (K-12)
Private Music Instructor
Collegiate Choir/Orchestra/Band/Marching Director
College Music Professor
College Studio (Private Lessons) Instructor
Music Business/Industry
This list is comparably smaller, because I am not too familiar with the commercial side of music. I included those that I have heard of. Careers include:
Producer
Audio/Recording Engineer
Songwriter
Studio Executive
Music Manager
Careers Outside of Music
I would put a list here of the careers that you can pursue outside of the music world, but there are too many to list. Quite frankly, you can pursue just about any career with a music degree. In a music program, you learn a ton of great skills that most employers are looking for, such as team work, time management, and leadership. You also have the opportunity to learn project management and marketing when you do your junior and/or senior recital. The point of this category was not to give a list of non-music careers that you could pursue, because the options are endless. The point of this part was to give you a sense of something (I don’t know what exactly) that if you don’t end up pursuing music professionally, you will be okay. Your degree will not be wasted. In fact, music majors are more likely than any other major to accepted into medical school. Crazy, right?!
So, overall, I think that you have quite a few options for careers after graduation. Music is a good major, if you are willing to put in the work that is required. I’m not gonna lie, sometimes I get jealous of my non-music major friends. They have more free time, but I remind myself that it is totally worth it. If music is your passion, you should at least consider studying it in college. Even if you end up deciding that music as a career is not for you (because tbh, I’m still questioning if it is right for me), you will have earned a degree in an amazing subject. You get to study and play music, what could be wrong with that?
So, what is your major (or what will it be)? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!

Productivity When Online

So, I don’t know about you guys, but I spend a lot of time online. I mean a lot. As a blogger, I need to be online a lot, and I also need to be productive online. I have had a lot of experience working online and keeping on track with what I had to do. Not only have I been blogging for a while, but I have also had more than my fair share of online classes. Through the different semesters, I have learned how to make the time I spend online as productive as possible.

Killer Harmony | Productivity When Online | How do you spend your time online? Do you have trouble staying on track with homework or other responsibilities? Check out these tips!

*Side Note: I realize that not all of your time online is going to be productive. The internet is a beautiful thing, and it is okay to spend time looking at funny text posts or watching cat videos. If you want to learn more about my tips for being productive when you are online working on school work or an online job, then keep on reading!

Tip #1: Limit your open tabs.
It is very hard to keep focused on something when you have tons of different tabs open with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube… You need to limit your open tabs to what is absolutely necessary. I’m not saying you can only have one tab open. You might need a couple tabs to reference different articles for a research paper you are working on. If you are working on something for an art class, you might need to have a couple of tabs open with information and pictures.
When I was writing this post, I had (obviously) my blog composer tab open. I also had my Google calendar open (it is my editorial calendar). I also like to have something (usually music) on in the background on YouTube. If I am working on the final touches of a post, I will also have a tab open for the design program Canva where I make all of my graphics and maybe a photo editor if the post needs some photos.

Tip #2: Track your time.
I know that there are apps you can download to keep track of time, but I usually just wing it. I think it is important to keep track of how long you are working on something, because if you work at something too long, it is easy to lose track of time. If you’re like me, you also need to take some breaks on occasion to keep from going crazy. You also don’t want to be late for anything else you have going on later in the day.

Tip #3: Take breaks.
You don’t want to get bogged down with what you are doing. It is okay to take breaks. Check Facebook. Check Twitter. Reply to any emails that you have. That being said, make sure you close out those extra tabs when you get back to work so that they are not a distraction. You can even take a break from the computer itself and read a book or grab a snack.

Tip #4: Switch things up.
In order to keep things interesting, change the way you work once in awhile. Are you working at your desk? Move somewhere else like the couch or go to a coffee shop. Go to the library. Sometimes a change of scenery can get you fired up to get more done. It can also be helpful to use a different program if possible. If you are working on a paper in MS Word, try switching to Google Docs. Just don’t forget to copy and paste your work.

Tip #5: Don’t force it.
Even though I am a big proponent of getting things done ahead of time, I still believe that if you are not feeling motivated to do anything, you should listen to that. There are some things that you can fudge a little bit and do when you are less motivated, but most things you can’t do that. If you are working on a research paper and you are not feeling it, stop. Put it on the back burner for a few hours or even a day or two. In most cases, working when you don’t want to will lead to sub-par results. You don’t want that, because you will just have to spend as much time editing your work when you are feeling it.

I hope these tips helped to give you ideas on how to be more productive when you are working online. Like I said at the beginning, I have had tons of experience, and so I like to think that I know a lot about how to be productive online. Always remember that if you just can’t stay focused online, that’s okay. You can download a program that will block certain websites for a set amount of time if that is what you need. Or, you can always be the crazy person who uses a pen and paper to do their work.
Thanks for reading!

 

How to Get Through a Mid-Semester Hump

*Cue “My Humps”*
If you are in school, you definitely know the feeling of coming up to midterms and wanting to be done with the entire semester. I get you, midterms are not fun. The middle of the semester can be pretty annoying, especially the spring semester, because you’re this close | | to spring break, except that little space of time is filled with a ton of stress. If you are wanting to figure out how to get through the hump day of the entire semester, keep on reading.
Get (and use) a planner. One of the first things I like to do with anything that I know is going to be stressful is to use my planner. I write down any tests that I have, any major assignments that are due, any meetings or appointments; I make sure to write it all down. Using a paper planner has multiple benefits, more of which you can check out here. I like to write things down, because it makes them easier to remember. I also like to write things down, because then you can schedule times to study or work on different things. Doing that can lower your stress level and show you that your work load is not as bad as it may seem.
Take some time for yourself. Whether you take a spa day, a movie day, or you spend some time with friends, taking time to do something for you will help get your mind off of all of your school worries. I love spending time doing something I enjoy, because it breaks up the monotony of doing schoolwork.
Don’t procrastinate. I know it sounds impossible, but you can do it. It will feel so much better to be done with assignments and studying earlier rather than later. I know that my stress level increases exponentially when I procrastinate. I don’t like scrambling at the last minute to get things done. You probably don’t like scrambling at the last minute to get things done. Don’t put yourself in that position. You can thank me later.
Hey! Did you like what you just read? Do you want more of my tips for getting through school, maybe something about how I get great grades and how you can, too? I publish new posts on Mondays and Thursdays, so don’t be afraid to come back for more!

 

Thanks for reading!