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KEY SKILLS

  • Talent

  • Confidence

  • Performance

  • Self-discipline

  • Responsibility

  • Perseverance

  • Open to feedback 

  • Musical notes

  • Singing 

  • Notation

  • Creativity

  • A good musical sense and ear for pitch and tonality

PROS

  • You can make your own schedule.

  • You get an opportunity to work with a lot of talented people.

  • You get to do what you love doing.

  • You get to perform in front of people.

  • If you become famous you can earn a lot of money and create your own name.

  • You get to travel around the world.

  • You can perfect your craft.

  • You can make a contribution to the artistic community.

CONS

  • You have to work really hard to stand out.

  • Money is not good when you are starting out.

  • Unpredictable scheduling.

  • Performing in smoky clubs, which can harm vocal cords.

  • Exposure to a party atmosphere that may not appeal to all musicians.

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Professional Orchestra/Choir/Band

  • Freelancer

  • Agencies

  • Live Performance

  • Studios

  • You love music and can't imagine life without it.

  • You are ready to work hard and make your way on the top.

  • You know that it would be difficult at the start.

  • You are ready to give it all you have.

KEY OPPORTUNITIES

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Interesting Facts about the career

  • Random Facts about Music 

1. Musicians Have Shorter Life Spans Than the General Population.
2. In 2016, Mozart Sold More CDs than Beyoncé.
3. Singing in a Group Boosts Mood.
4. Some People Feel Nothing Toward Music.
5. Listening to Music Enhances Physical Performance.
6. Rod Stewart Hosted the Largest Ever Free Concert.
7."Wanna Be" by The Spice Girls is the Catchiest Song of All Time.
8. Finland Has the Most Metal Bands Per Capital.
9. An Astronaut Released an Album with All Songs Recorded in Space.
10. "Jingle Bells" Was Originally a Thanksgiving Song.
11. Music Affects Your Perception of the World.
12. None of The Beatles Could Read or Write Music.
13. The Most Expensive Musical Instrument Sold for $15.9 Million.
14. Metallica is the First and Only Band to Have Played on All 7 Continents.
15. The "Happy Birthday" Song Brings A Bunch of Royalties.
16. Musical Education Leads to Better Test Score.
17. Music is Physically Good for Your Heart.
18. Loud Music Causes You to Drink More in Less Time.
19. A Song That Gets Stuck in Your Head is Called an Earworm.
20.  Heavy Metal and Classical Music Fans Have Similar Personality Traits. 

  • Interesting Facts About Musicians

1. Approximately 10,000 attended the funeral of Hawaiian musician, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.
2. Tom Lehrer, a musician known for biting satire stopped performing because “Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize.”
3. Jesse Rae, a Scottish funk musician dresses as a Scottish Centurion, and his career ended largely due to his mistrust of the English.
4. Joseph Haydn, a classical music composer, wrote a musical piece in which the musicians gradually leave the stage until 2 violins are left in the end.
5. The first streaming music service started in 1897. Users in New York could pick up their phones and connect to the Telharmonium, a central hub that would pipe music being played live by two musicians playing 24 hours a day.
6. Musician Mark Mothersbaugh described work on Pee Wee’s Playhouse as “Really chaotic. They’d send tape on Tuesday, I’d write music on Wednesday, record music on Thursday and we’d watch it on TV Saturday. Instead of writing an album once a year I was writing an album’s worth of music in one week.”
7. Musician Jack Johnson donated 100% of his 2008 tour profits to charity. His tours since have donated to and supported many environmental charities local to where the band plays.
8. Legendary jazz musician Charles Mingus wrote a little how-to essay on teaching cats to use the toilet.
9. Hitler loved Irish music and invited an Irish musician to play for him in Berlin in 1936. However there was no room for the musician to sit, so Hitler ordered an S.S member on his hands and knees to act as a chair so the Irishman could perform his music.
10. Sujeet Desai is an accomplished musician born with Down syndrome. Sujeet plays seven instruments and graduated from high school with honors from the Berkshire Hills Music Academy in Massachusetts. He travels worldwide to do inspirational solo music performances and self-advocacy workshops.


  • Pandit Ravi Shankar

Known for his invaluable contribution to Hindustani classical music, Pandit Ravi Shankar was one of the best-known players of the sitar. Born in 1920, he became one of the most prolific music maestros of the 20th century. His music has had a global impact, with ardent admirers and students including rock group The Byrds and George Harrison from The Beatles. He was bestowed with innumerable awards and honors in his lifetime, notably receiving the Bharat Ratna (the highest civilian award in India) in 1999.


  • R.D. Burman

Popularly known as ‘Panchamda’, he was the man who introduced Western tunes in the Hindi film industry. His musical ideas were innovative and fresh to Indian ears. Heavily inspired by Western music, especially Arabian and Persian music, he experimented with several genres to create fusional music and some boundary-breaking song.

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