2020 NAMM Show, a speaker from Yamaha named Dave Gerhart showed us a chart that had 227 possible jobs that you could pursue with a music major!Last week at the
Whoa, who knew? When I posted the story that contains his chart, one of my FB friends reacted, noting that when she was in music school, "they only spoke of two viable tracks: music education in primary schools, or a career as an orchestral musician. No one talked about the hundred of other doors."
Music education, from early childhood on, confers all kinds of advantages on those who receive it, preparing the brain for all kinds of other subjects while also training for competence an innately pleasurable and lifelong activity.
As for having a music degree, people can be quite dismissive about it, but frankly people with music degrees tend to be highly competent workers in whatever field they land, be it music or something else. Of course, there are those with music degrees who have jobs in orchestras, teach at schools or perform in some way. And there are those who go another direction, where that music training continues to benefit them. For example, several of my friends with music degrees were admitted to highly competitive law schools -- based on their bachelor's degrees in music -- and went on to be successful attorneys. There are many scientists and medical doctors among us as well -- V.com member Diana Skinner wrote an entire article about six scientists who credited their violin training for giving them an edge in their scientific endeavors.
As for myself, I do have a bachelor's degree in music, and I also have a master's degree in journalism. For me, each subject shed light on the other, and I wound up with a rather interesting profession, as editor of Violinist.com. I noticed, studying music, that earning this degree was quite immersive as well as collaborative. There were hours alone in the practice room, but also much time spend in rehearsal with other musicians. And the theory was plenty mathematical, history had plenty of social studies, etc. etc It used all areas of the brain!
I'm curious about how many of us have a degree in music, or are working on one. Please participate in the vote, and then tell us about your studies and how they relate to music. Do you have a degree in music? Do you have a degree in something else? Are you in college, or pre-college? Perhaps you have no degree at all? And how does your pursuit of music relate to the other things you do in life?
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