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5 Ways to Have a Career in Music (With a Little Help from Sound Engineer School)

22 JAN 2013
Career Path : Audio Engineering

We’ve all heard that old chestnut that there is no career in the arts. But the people who continue to propagate this myth are simply misinformed. With an abundance of new media and online opportunities, there are now more ways than ever to have a music career. Fortunately, there are also many ways to break in, especially with training from audio engineering school. Here are some school audio programs that you may want to consider.

1.   Studio Recording

Want to learn how to prepare studio recordings for the commercial market? A good audio engineering school will teach you:

  • how the music business works
  • how to use MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) Protocol
  • the most recent recording techniques (digital, multitrack, etc.)
  • pre- and post-production skills

Look for sound engineer schools that offer internship programs in a real-life recording studio and hands-on practice recording.

2.   Live Sound Recording

This kind of school audio program will give you the training you need to work in big venues like arenas and music festivals or small venues like nightclubs and radio stations.

3.   Sound Designing

Curious about how sound is created? Then you might be well suited for a career inventing sounds for TV stations, radio stations and videogame companies. Look for an audio engineering school that will teach you the basics of:

  • acoustic simulation
  • sound mixing using various industry tools (software and hardware)
  • abstract design
  • audio looping

4.   DJ Training

Maybe you are already the life of every party, creating a musical experience for all your friends. Enroll in a sound engineer school program to “fine tune” your skills even further:

  • mixing
  • sampling

5.   Artist Management

Perhaps you’d rather work behind the scenes, managing someone else’s career. Some sound engineer schools offer courses in music business administration that help students learn how to guide artists to commercial and artistic success.

Learn how to deal with:

  • promoters
  • producers
  • record labels
  • festival organizers
  • licensing authorities
  • broadcasting agencies
  • the film industry


  • copyright law
  • music marketing
  • public relations
  • basics of bookkeeping, etc.

Some schools offer internship programs, making it easier for you to find work afterwards, either managing an artist or working for an organization (e.g., a record company).

Still Believe that There is No Career in Music?

As you can see, there are many different ways to break into a career in the music and entertainment industry. And one of the most helpful steps one can take is to enroll in a school audio program at an audio engineering school.