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The Portfolio Musician: Case Studies in Success von Conner, Jeff (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 09.08.2014
  • Verlag: BookBaby
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The Portfolio Musician: Case Studies in Success

Written by authors Jeff Conner of the world-renowned Boston Brass, and Grammy nominated recording producer and university professor John M. Laverty, the theme of The Portfolio Musician: Case Studies in Success is that the musicians of today need to have multiple skills in music unlike prior generations that only needed a single skill. An examination of the contributing musicians' profiles confirms that this is sage advice. Containing a collection of forty-seven profiles, the Portfolio Musicians share their experiences in classical music, pop music, jazz, opera, conducting, composing, teaching, the music industry, artist management, studio recording, and many other fields of music. The average number of professional activities in music reported by the Portfolio Musicians throughout their careers is five. Their collected advice for aspiring musicians provides real world strategies including things to do as well as things not to do. The time frame for which a person decides to be a musician (on average, age fifteen for the Portfolio Musicians) through formal music study (college) is another focus of the book. It is during this time the multiple seeds for success are planted and the necessary skills to be successful in music are acquired.


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: none
    Seitenzahl: 277
    Erscheinungsdatum: 09.08.2014
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781483533032
    Verlag: BookBaby
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The Portfolio Musician: Case Studies in Success

"The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something."
- Author Kurt Vonnegut

Chapter 1: Today's Music Profession, An Overview

By John M. Laverty

When I hear an audition by a high school senior to be a university music major, I always ask them what they want to do once they complete their university studies. These conversations are revealing. While I do not expect to hear a clear plan for entering the music profession, I enjoy learning what they think about their future prospects. Many students say they would consider a number of options in music, and someday if things work out they can land their dream job. If an answer is well - thought - out, it includes a broad set of possibilities, not a narrow, all - or -nothing plan. These are the students I want to teach because they have the best chance for success. The music profession with all of its many diverse opportunities rarely results in a narrow, I want to only do one thing career. Frankly, I am not all that interested in a student who does not recognize this reality even at a young age. This type of student is usually not successful in their university music studies, and by the time they discover this, it is too late because they have earned a music degree that rarely leads to a music career.

Since ancient times, there have always been musicians. At the dedication ceremony for the Acropolis in Athens, Greece there was probably a collection of lyre and salpinx players present. Once at the base of the soon to - be - open - to -the - public Acropolis, the musicians, as is tradition, might have looked at each other and in Greek commented, "So, I see you are on this gig, too." When the conquering Romans finished the Temple of Zeus in Athens seven hundred years later, there were probably musicians there too, but they were cornu and aulos players. Same city, same type of ceremony, different instruments and different music. Even from the days of antiquity music has evolved, and musicians have had to adjust to changing times. Today in the modern world things are no different, except the music profession like everything else is changing at a faster pace.

Listed below are a few of the career opportunities in music. Making a complete list is impossible because new ones are born every year while others become extinct, never to return. Some of these activities are in decline, while others are more stable. There will always be career opportunities in every area the future for some music careers is murky at best. Students and professional musicians who remain informed have the best chance for success - be it as a music teacher or a freelance musician - if, in advance of deciding to study music, they better understand the world of music they are getting ready to enter.

-Freelance Musician

-Touring Musician

-Broadway Musician

-Jazz Musician

-Studio Musician

-Club/Bar Musician

-Military Musician

-Musical Theater Performer

-Opera Singer

-Chamber Musician

-Church Music Director

-Public School Music Teacher

-Private School Music Teacher

-University Music Teacher

-Private Lesson Music Teacher

-Music Industry


-Artist Management

-Booking Agent

-Concert Hall/Venue Management

-Music Instrument Sales/Manufacturing

-Instrument Repair

-Piano Tuning/Repair

-Live Sound Production

Record Company Management


-Piano Accompanist/Rehearsal Pianist

-Music T

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