Re: Other jobs that still involve music degree...or not.
Posted by Dennis@CorpsDesign.com on 4/26/2020, 10:27 am, in reply to "Re: Other jobs that still involve music degree...or not. "
Every time these threads come up, no one ever mentions Music Industry. I have 2 degrees from VPU (VeryPrestigiousUniversity). The “conventional wisdom” while in school was that the best played, the rest taught, the weird composed. The same conventional wisdom said that a Music Business degree didn’t give you enough of either to do either. |
Every bit of that is 100% WRONG.
Music industry does not mean “ed rep.”
Ever walked through TMEA exhibits and looked at the newest creation and thought “what the hell is that? It makes no sense for a real life class room.”
Well, whatever thing that was may have been developed by someone who has expertise in buying and selling, but can’t tell Mozart from Mahler. Your experience is valuable. Lone Star Percussion says “we speak drum.” Well, I speak music. So do you. You speak Band Director.
Unfortunately, a lot of music industry is made up of people with little to no musical experience. For that matter, a lot of education industry is made up of non-educators.
There are travel agencies that cater to scholastic music, theater and sports - have you managed school trips as a teacher? Seems to me that would be a valuable skill set.
What about the gazillion fundraiser companies? I’ll bet you have some perspective.
Ever been through the ordeal of buying new band uniforms?
I would bet you understand school budgeting and the approval process. Perhaps your experience in that could help less experienced directors make those purchasing decisions.
How many beginning band instruments did your program rent this year? Multiply that times the schools in your county. Times the schools in your region. Times the schools in the state. You get to Very Big Numbers quickly. That doesn’t even include valve oil reeds and mouthpieces. Or uniforms. Or music stands. Or chairs. Or travel. Or software. Or music licensing.
I’m in steel fabrication. In my degree programs, if you told me my job would involve steel toe boots, a hard hat and driving a forklift, I would have corrected you and said “oh no. It’s only a mater of time before my symphony position arrives. “
I use my music degrees every day. Think meta skills: creativity, attention to detail, work ethic, abstract thinking, project management, volunteer management. And finally, I Speak Music.