Music and college
Choosing the Right School, Degree, and Courses in Music.
College is a turning point in the careers of many musicians, but the available options can be overwhelming, whether you are deciding what college or conservatory to attend, what courses in music to prioritize, or which degree or teacher is right for you. General advice given to high school students is often insufficient for those considering a career in music. Higher education is expensive, so it is important to have enough information to make an informed decision. Wondering if you can make a career as an orchestral musician without a college degree? Curious about what courses in a music college to sign up for? Trying to determine whether a Master’s Degree, DMA, or Performer’s Certificate is worth the extra time and money? The College section at Music Master Lab is where you can find the answers to these questions and more.
Hear from musicians around the globe about their educational backgrounds and paths to success. Learn how to choose a good college and professor, and what performing experiences and courses in a music college they most recommend. In short, you will learn everything you need to get the most out of your courses in music, your music program, your professors, and your collegiate education.
Picking the best music teacher
I grew up in the soviet music education tradition where you were supposed to take lessons only with your teacher and not play for other
Career During and After College
Picking the right teacher and school of music: When looking for a school to study music, I recommend picking the school with the teacher you’d
Recording for a classical music competition
When recording for a competition, the sound quality is more important than many musicians realize. Capturing high-quality sound not only ensures the best-produced version of
Placing microphones for classical music recording
Once you have a microphone suited to your recording needs, you have to figure out where to put it to get a good sound. Where
Affordable Microphones for Classical Music Recording
These days, we’re less reliant on the big bad microphone with all the fancy recording capabilities and that clear sound only studios can capture. Nowadays,
Tips for Improving Recording Quality on a Budget
Making a good recording for a competition or sample is not complicated. You don’t have to be an audio engineer or even an audio aficionado
Becoming an Orchestral Musician
I was around 16 when I decided I wanted to become a professional orchestral musician. I actually never wanted to be a soloist — I
Advice on Choosing the Right College of Music.
At first, my parents were a little hesitant on the idea of pursuing music as a career, but they’re super supportive now. I also knew
How I Became a More Serious Musician.
I decided my senior year of high school that I wanted to pursue a career in music. I began playing the flute in fifth grade,
Is a DMA worth pursuing?
Is a DMA worth pursuing? Yes, it is definitely a worthwhile endeavor, but some clarification may be helpful. As a DMA is geared toward preparing