Fitting Career Development Into Busy Schedules

As both students and musicians, it is often hard to find enough time in the day to focus on anything other than rehearsing and studying. It may even seem impossible for you to squeeze in even one more activity into your schedule. So how can you ensure that you spend enough time focusing on your development as a professional in the field of music? David Cutler, author of The Savvy Musician, wrote an article about the topic of finding and making time in your busy schedule. Take a moment to read the article and think about the ways in which you can adjust your schedule to spend time on your career.

How Do You Find the Time? by David Cutler

Advocacy As It Relates To Musicians

This week I would like to focus on the topic of advocacy. Advocacy in the most general sense can be interpreted as the act or process of supporting a cause. The concept of advocacy is particularly significant for the field of music. Learning to act as an advocate for your services as a music educator, music therapist, or music perforer will greatly assist in your development as a professional. I discovered several articles and podcasts related to the topic of advocacy. I would like to share with you one video in particular that discusses advocacy and its importance. Although the video specifically talks about advocacy as it pertains to music therapists, the same concepts apply to other areas within the field of music. Below you will find the video, along with a couple of informative blogs/articles.

What is advocacy and why we do it

Kentucky Music Educators Association: Advocacy for Music Education

Consider Joining a Professional Association

Regardless of what program you are in, there are always opportunities to become involved in professional associations. What are the benefits of professional associations?

  • Connection to other professionals in your field (opportunities to network)
  • Opportunities for professional development in the form of journals, conferences, and workshops
  • Job postings
  • Latest news and events for the field
  • and MORE!

Here is a small list of professional associations for music majors:

menc.org –┬áNational Association for Music Education

yoa.org – Orchestra of the Americas

chamber-music.org – Chamber Music America

hornsociety.org – The International Horn Society

guitarfoundation.org/drupal – Guitar Foundation of America

operaamerica.org – Opera America

astaweb.com/am/template.cfm?section=home – American String Teachers Association

music.org/cgi-bin/showpage.pl –┬áCollege Music Society

isme.org – International Society for Music Education

kmea.org – Kentucky Music Educators Association

kymta.org – Kentucky Music Teachers Association

mtna.org – Music Teachers National Association

amtas.org/AMTAS/Welcome.html – American Music Therapy Association Students

mar-amta.org/opps – Mid-Atlantic Region American Music Therapy Association job opportunities

musictherapy.org/career_ind.html – American Music Therapy Association

ser-amta.org/kentucky – Music Therapy Association of Kentucky (MTAK)

nationalbandassociation.org/about – National Band Association

https://www.conductorsguild.org – Conductors Guild

americanbandmasters.org – American Bandmasters Association

acda.org – American Choral Directors Association

societymusictheory.org – Society for Music Theory

mtsma.org – Music Theory Society for the Mid-Atlantic