Did you recently graduate from your dream music school? Ready to face the real world? Here are some career tips for music major graduates to tackle the first few years out of school:
The cool thing about going to music school is most, if not all of your professors are current musicians who are pursuing their passions. Whether you are currently in music school or you just graduated, do your best to maintain your relationships with professors. Find out what gigs they are playing and pick their brain on how they land said gigs. Read more
The profile of the 21st century musician is on everyone’s mind as evidenced by the re-tooling of music school tag lines across the country. In a time when learning outcomes and job placement are in the spotlight, music schools have given entrepreneurship a front row seat. Musicians have always been hustlers, so the idea of entrepreneurship isn’t new to our industry. The question is, how are music schools and conservatories making it a part of the experience. Read more
We had the chance to chat with Jeffery L. Ames who serves as Director of Choral Activities at Belmont University. Amongst his exciting and impressive credentials and experiences, Dr. Ames has also conducted the Honors Performance Series – at Carnegie Hall presented by WorldStrides – several times. Want to learn what it takes to make your passion for music a career? Read on!
You’ve been involved in music from a young age. What made you decide to pursue music in your education?
Yes, music has been a part of my so-called DNA since childhood. My mother was a singer and my father had a wonderful appreciation for music. Our home was filled with sounds of jazz, classical, gospel, and R&B. I loved singing in church and playing in the band while in Elementary, Junior High and Senior High school. Since I enjoyed my musical experiences in school, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in music. During my junior year in high school, I knew I wanted to be addressed as Dr. Ames by earning some terminal degree in Music. Read more
“I’ve learned more in these two weeks than I did in my 5 years of education. I’ve experienced an incredible transformation in myself as a performer and my intensity and passion for what I want to do. It has been a huge revelation.”
Dylan George – Boot Camp 2013
2014 Graduate of Wittenberg for Theatre
Wanting to explore the arts as a career choice? Not sure what additional training you need to be competitive? There’s no doubt that the industry has evolved to a more modern aesthetic. Long gone are the days of “Oklahoma” and “Bye Bye Birdie”. The biggest thing on Broadway is the Hip-Hop show “Hamilton”. The Rock Arts are at an all time high and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon. So what can you do to better prepare yourself for today’s growing industry? Attend the Shadowbox Live Summer Bootcamp and get intense instruction in all four of the Rock Arts disciplines!
In today’s market, it is imperative that artists master/explore more than one artistic discipline. The idea of a “triple threat” is no longer an exception. It’s a standard. Shadowbox Live, the Largest Resident Theatre Company in America, presents over 500 performances of 19 different productions per year all of which center around the Rock Arts. The 45 full-time artists are known as ‘meta-performers’ because of their artistic versatility. At Shadowbox Live we do it all! And so can YOU!
At the Summer Bootcamp you will learn:
Sketch Comedy Acting
Why do we require training in all the disciplines? Because the arts are integrated! Improvement in one area can dramatically improve your performance with your primary discipline.
What about the business of art? Every young artist needs to learn how to market and manage themselves. The Shadowbox Summer Bootcamp also leads workshops regarding arts administration, production, ‘life skills’ and professionalism.
If you are between the age of 15-21 and are passionate about your future in the performing arts, and perform your primary discipline at a high artistic level then the Summer Bootcamp might be for you! Applications are now being accepted for the June 4th auditions. Deadline for submission is midnight, June 2nd. We look forward to rocking your potential at the Shadowbox Summer Bootcamp!
You just had your final college class this week…forever. What! How did that happen? While it may feel like your parents just dropped you off for your freshman year yesterday, it’s now time to enter the real world. And for a performing artist, this can be a little scary!
Don’t let fear guide you. Instead, make a solid and practical game plan for the first year out of school. After all, there is no right way to pursue a career in theatre, music, art or dance – so making a plan that is unique to you is essential.
Here are some tips on how to tackle your first year out:
Finding A Home
Depending on your art form, you probably feel like you need to get to a big city to make sure you have the most amount of job opportunities at your fingertips. This is most likely very true. But which city is right for you? Most performing arts students flock to NYC after graduation, but there are other cities that are very much worth exploring. LA, Chicago and Boston may have exactly what you are looking for with potentially less competition in your chosen field. Make a list of what jobs/opportunities are important to you and research each city before deciding on one.
You made it through applications plus college auditions and now you finally get to daydream about what it will be like to be a Music Major at your chosen school! While you’ve been told (numerous) times that Music Majors have schedules that would make any normal person totally exhausted, you should be getting jazzed (pun intended) about all that is in store for you.
Here are the top 5 things you should be getting excited about:
Not having to constantly explain to your fellow peers and feel guilty about why you can’t make it to a party or social event.
They get it without asking questions: you have to practice. And most likely, they do too.
Looking snazzy and taking a million pictures to remember your stylish recital outfit.
It’s okay if you get sad when you have to take it off.
You made it through! There is a light at the end of the tunnel! While you are currently weighing options and deciding where to spend your next glorious four years, it’s important to take time and reflect on how much you’ve grown over the audition season. While it wasn’t easy, you are on the other side of it now and you deserve a pat on the back! Here are a few things you may have learned about yourself that deserve some kudos:
You Are An Audition Pro
Sheet music packed? Check. Audition outfit ironed? Check. Dance clothes and shoes laid out? Check. Snacks and water in your audition bag? Check. You’ve now got this down to an art. This is great preparation for life after college where most of your days will be filled with back-to-back auditions. Learning how to leave one audition behind you to focus on the next can be challenging – however, after roughly 10-15 auditions over the course of a few weekends, you now know you are up for the challenge! Read more
What It’s Really Like to be a Music Major
You may think majoring in music is going to be significantly more fun and less stressful than majoring in business or economics, but the truth is: majoring in music is extremely time consuming! Being a music major requires an incredible amount of energy, focus and determination. Your schedule will be jam-packed each day so it’s important to learn how to manage your time so you don’t spread yourself too thin.
So, let’s explore what an average day might look like!
Music Theory Classes
You will most certainly have a music theory class imbedded in your schedule. For students who were not exposed to music theory in high school or who are “self taught” on their instrument, these courses can be especially difficult. Being able to transcribe music (and fully comprehend when you are reading music) is essential to being able to make a career out of your passion. Be sure to make time in your schedule to study music theory so you stay on top of your required assignments. Read more
Packing for college is an exciting time. Between collaborating with your new roommate on who is bringing what, picking out decorations for your walls and loading up on snacks to hide in your room – there’s lots to do! If you are a music major, you’ll also need to think about what you’ll need to pack to be prepared for your music classes. That’s where we come in! Check out our suggestions on some essentials to help you best tackle your course load:
You’ll need manuscript paper to take notes and jot down music. Bound manuscript paper is especially essential for any music theory class or when inspiration hits for a new song! We especially like this brand as their back cover lists musical terms and definitions in case you ever need a refresher on some basic ideas – because even Mozart got over-tired once in awhile and needed a reminder! Read more