Music Conservatories and Careers for 21st Century Musicians

Music Conservatories and Careers for 21st Century Musicians

Recently, music Conservatory graduates in their number have discovered that having a good voice and playing instruments alone is never enough to prepare them to face the 21st century world. This is because having jobs in the orchestra is getting difficult considering the number of trained performers graduating year-in-year-out.
Moreso, spectators and audiences of jazz and classical music is also going on a downward trend.
Music Conservatories have been proven not to be the same but then, the wants and needs of current musicians seem to differ from the olden days musicians.

In this article, we will be discussing ways in which music Conservatories are providing more relevant changes for more relevant education and what you need to sail through in the cluster of teaming musicians.

Stay tuned!

It’s now a myth to think that a career job in music is waiting for you once you’re through with a degree in music (regardless of the successes you had at high school).

To these end, music Conservatories are facilitating their students through the following ways:

  1. The curricula is being reviewed and certain changes are being carried out to suit and boost the chances of having jobs in music after graduation.
    Note that while doing this, mastery of of technical and musical know-how is maintained as they are second to none.

  2. New Majors are being added in order to tackle the students career interest.
    For example, Music Theatre has been added as major in Manhattan School of Music, Contemporary Media, Jazz Studies and even Digital Media Composition have been added by Eastman School of Music. All these are done in a bid to prepare and fortify students to leverage other potentials while making music their priority.

  3. New ways of understanding and relating with audiences have been introduced to students. With this, they are able to create their own audience in a dwindling musical audience.

  4. Most opportunities that were additional yet optional are now Incorporated into the core experiences within the ambience of music Conservatory.

  5. Flexibility in the performances of students is being encouraged. This means students are being advised to perform to the taste of the audience and not just what they feel is right to perform.

  6. Students are also encouraged to collaborate with non-music students outside music Chambers and concert halls.
    This was done by some students of the renown Mannes School of Music (they joined forces with the New School College of Performing Arts students to host a concert). This will help them create performances innovatively.

  7. Priority is also given to education more than before. For example, Yoga trainings, psychology performance coaching etc have been introduced. This is in a bid to keep the mind and body agile and fit for what is to come.

  8. Skills in entrepreneurial training has been Incorporated to help students build their careers and as well as create their audience. These skills include building of websites, writing skills, public speaking etc.

  9. The students are being supported through funding inorder to enlarge their creativity. This is done by ways of Grants fund and students project innovation. In some schools for example, students can get the financial support by either applying for it or by means of competition.

With all these notwithstanding, the students are expected to make some learning through research, mentorship where they’ll gather information themselves for effective careers.

Do you have an intension of studying in a music Conservatory or you are confused and do not know if you want to enrol in a music Conservatory or not…

Mark these points:

Is your passion music performance or studying music?

Having a degree in music?

Paranoid and never gives up no matter what.

Disciplined enough to have a good ethic at work.

Would love to have a career even outside an orchestra.

Competent academically.

If you have any of these qualities then congratulations, music Conservatory is for you.


Things to do when preparing for an Audition


a. Start Preparations Early: Be serious with your practices even when you are not yet in the conservatory.

b. Get yourself a teacher that is vested with the nitty-gritty of tutoring students for college based music auditions and exams.

c. Try performing at the slightest chance you get with your choir, ensemble and don’t forget to try solo.

d. Summer Music Programs are good for you; go for it. You’ll see good tutors and prospective college students like you. This will aid an healthy competition while preparing you for the audition.

e. Research on genres of music outside your comfort zone.

f. Be sure to work hand-in-hand with your tutor and ask him/her to help you in the repertoire selection. The repertoire selection must tally with the prerequisites of each school you are enrolling.

g. Most importantly, follow your dreams.

Let us also consider what music graduates are doing presently:

1. Orchestral performance, operas, and other music ensembles.
2. Compositions
3. Arrangements
4. Enrolling in other certificate Programs.
5. Manning strategic position in ensembles.
6. Private School teachers.
7. Some have dived into non music related jobs.

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