College Options for Music Lovers
Career Path : Music Industry
Do you love music? If so, you probably understand that music is much more than a hobby. If anything, music is a true extension of your personality. Whether you’re interested in starting a band, playing records as a DJ or getting more experience with recording, college is the perfect time for you to hone your musical skills. And you don’t have to be a music major to do so! They are plenty of ways for you to get involved in different programs or activities.
Here are different options for music lovers attending college.
Though college radios don’t reach the same number of listeners as popular radio, it’s a great place to learn the ins and outs of the music business. You’ll pick up skills related to music promotion, PR, advertising shows, keeping track of music releases and much more. You’ll also be surrounded by like-minded music lovers and will get to share the music you love with them (and vice-versa). Over time, this will influence your music tastes and approach to music. Lastly, college radios are well-equipped with recording gear, and so you’ll become more familiar with soundboards, mics and other systems. If you’re interested in finding out more about your college’s radio, check out your school directory or college directory.
Putting together music shows is easier than you think. It requires initiative, contacts, ideas and self-confidence, but if you’re willing to do the legwork, putting on shows can be tremendously helpful for your future career. You’ll make plenty of contacts and will likely learn useful lessons about what to do and what to avoid. If you’re interested, remember to start small. Find promising local bands who are looking to get more experience, book a small venue, such as a bar, and then start promoting. Invite your Facebook friends. Distribute posters and fliers. Make sure the bands have all the equipment they need. Starting small will help you minimize risk. If something goes wrong, it’ll just be a minor setback.
Start a band
Starting a band in college can be difficult. Your schedule is already full with homework and classes, so how do you add band practice on top of that? Well, there are many ways to make it work. Of course, being in a band with other students is helpful, as everyone will be in the same boat as you. You don’t necessarily need to play shows all the time as well. Just band practice one night every week and, if you can, a show from time to time should be enough. The most important skill to learn when trying to stay on top of everything is to use your breaks wisely. If you have the week off for reading week, schedule a show! If you have an hour to waste in between classes, go back to your dorm and play your instrument as practice or read educational articles on different recording techniques. To make it work, you’ll have to be creative and stay committed to the cause.