Working Musicians

I am sure that many of you have wondered about what it will be like when you enter the working world as a professional musician. This is a question that is not specific to just musicians. Most students ask themselves the same question during their college career: What will life really be like when I graduate and start working?

Jason Parker, a jazz trumpet player in Seattle, shares some of his experiences as a working musician. The title of his blog post, “What It Really Means to be a Working Musician” sheds light on topics relevant to many people currently working as or aspiring to be musicians. As you read the article, you will find a theme throughout the topics that Jason discusses: multifaceted careers as musicians. During several parts of the article, he mentions the numerous ways in which he earns an income as a musician. He draws specific attention to the fact that he has to do many different types of gigs and jobs in order to maintain his career. Take a moment to read his article and reflect upon how you want to create your career as a musician:

What It Really Means to be a Working Musician by Jason Parker


Career Strategies for Musicians

Many of you may already be aware of Angela Myles Beeching’s recently released new edition of her book, Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music. In a recent blog post, Angela discusses the need for today’s musicians to take a big picture approach when considering their careers. She offers 5 key career strategies for musicians in this post. The latest edition of Beyond Talent discusses many additional strategies to help develop a lifelong career as a musician. Take a peak at what the music career expert has to say:

Five Key Career Strategies for Musicians by Angela Myles Beeching

Is Majoring in Music Practical Anymore?

One of the most common statements I hear as a Career Coach for music students is that “majoring in music is just not practical anymore.” Although the field of music is most certainly changing and will continue to do so, there are still many opportunities for professional musicians. Gerald Klickstein maintains a blog entitled “The Musician’s Way” that I think you will find extremely useful. One of his posts concerns this topic of practicality. Click on the following link to read his post:  Music: The Practical Career?

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

Tips for Wellness

I came across this YouTube video while perusing the University of Colorado at Boulder College of Music website. This video discusses five tips that can promote wellness among musicians. Take a look at the video and see if you find it helpful:

Finding Guidance

Mentors represent a valuable tool for student career development. Take a look at David Cutler’s article about the significance of mentors: Career Mentorship: The Lost Education. As you read the article, think about the current people in your life who could serve as a mentor to you. Ideally, a suitable mentor would be someone who is significantly more experienced that you. Their experience will help guide you through the career development process. Mentorships can be formal or informal. In formal mentorships, the mentor and mentee meet on a regular basis and are typically structured in nature. Informal mentorships often allow for the development of a close bond between the mentor and mentee. The structure of your mentorship is up to you. You must determine what type of structure will be of most value to you.

Music career advice coming soon!

Calling all UofL music students and alumni-

Whether you are majoring in Music Education, Music Therapy, Performance, or Composition, this blog will serve as a resource and tool for those of you seeking career advice for the field of music. I will update the blog approximately one time per week with relevant information, news, and general advice for building your career in music. Feel free to contact me with particular requests of items you would like to see included on this blog- I encourage your input!

Kindest Regards,

Nikki Glenos
Career Coach Graduate Assistant
University of Louisville