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Music Producer Job Summary And Education Requirements

A music producer to music is like what a director is to a film. They ensure that a finished song or an album is as good as it should, ascertaining that all songs were properly recorded and mastered. When it comes to succeeding in a music production career, you must have a diverse set of skills and experience due to the many responsibilities you will have.
When it comes to getting a job in the music production industry, there is no degree required, but a post-secondary degree is recommended. What is most needed is the significant experience in the industry. Most music producers will have a great deal of musical knowledge which involves how to play an instrument as well as a solid base in musical theory and knowing how to arrange or compose songs. Even though a producer may not be involved directly in the song composition process, the knowledge on how to play a musical instrument gives them an invaluable skill when it comes to making changes in a song.

A significant experience is needed in the music production industry. And while this profession might not require a degree, a professional music producer will earn well over $65,000 per year. If you have the passion and the skills, it can be a very rewarding job for you.

Detailed Requirements For Music Video Producers

Becoming a music video producer is difficult in this day and age, but with the right requirements, you will be able to find a position that is worthwhile.

Formal Education

An aspiring music video producer is going to require formal education at some level to gain ground among all other interested individuals vying for the same position. This education is generally going to be done in the form of a bachelor’s degree in video and film. Some prefer to do their bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, which is fine as well.

Additional Courses In Production

Having The BFA (Bachelors Of Fine Arts) is indeed a step in the right direction and is going to help the aspiring student get their foot in the door, but additional courses can do a lot as well.

It is an evolving field and those who are willing to get involved are going to see results while those who don’t are going to struggle.

This is where gaining access to additional courses in film production are often a requirement as well.

It is pertinent to remember, there are no ‘mandatory’ educational requirements for the job, but in this day and age, it is essentially necessary.

Critical Online Masters Degree in Music Education

Having a love for music does not mean one is going to understand the nuances at play and how it has evolved over the years. There are many experienced musicians who are still learning to this day and having a solid foundation to lean on does not hurt one bit. Getting one’s masters degree in Music Education is a wonderful way to progress as time goes on.


Most people are not going to be intrigued with the idea of heading over to a campus. It is difficult at the best of times and is something you are not going to want to do. Therefore, this Masters degree can be done online on your own accord.

Modern Curriculum

What are you going to be learning about? Taught by some of the world’s leaders in the subject, students get a chance to see what music is all about at all levels. It is not only about picking up an instrument and playing it. There is more to music and you will get a comprehensive look at this reality through the degree and all of its courses that are going to be offered. Students will absolutely adore it.

Enjoying Music While Doing Repetitive Tasks Is Much More Fun

Whenever I have something important to do that is quite boring I try to fill it with as much music as i can. To me, music is something that is joyful and it keeps me preoccupied on things that I otherwise would find tedious.

Any type of repetitive tasks eventually puts me to sleep so i find much joy in singing my favorite songs, whether out loud or in my head if I’m in a public place. More people should use music to help them get through day, otherwise the world would be a very boring place.

A Quick Look At How Music Affects Your Productivity

One of my best kept secrets is using music to enhance and increase my productivity. Music is quite powerful and you can harness that power in many ways. For example, if I need to quickly get a laborious or monotonous task done, I simply play some fast paced music and I’m usually finished in half the amount of time I’d typically need.

Also, when I need to get work done, I simply play some classical music and I can quickly get into my concentration zone and completely focus on my work. So, now that you know how powerful music is, I encourage you to experiment with different types and styles to find which ones work the best to enhance your productivity.

Making Money With Your Music Using Online Resources

How do you make money with your music? Without connections, and no music producer lifting up your career, how do you make it? For starters, many musicians are discovered via YouTube and other online outlets these days.

Additionally, as you create tracks, you can put them up for sale on iTunes and through various other music stores. With all the online resources, it’s easy to at least give it a go when trying to make money for your music. The idea behind all of this is its easier to network with other people and get discovered these days. Are you ready to give it a shot?

Do You Need A Music Producer In Today’s World?

Many people these days are wondering if all the tools and resources the Internet provides can keep them from having to get a music producer to get the word out about their music. The answer is not cut and dry.

You can certainly take on the music industry yourself and use all the advantages a music artist has in today’s world. As you continue your journey, you’ll find out whether or not you need a music producer. All in all, you’ll likely end up with one, but you will find that your path to musical success was helped out significantly by all the different things you were able to do by yourself.

Listening To Music Offers Many Positive Health Benefits

Many people listen to music without even realizing all the positive benefits. There is such a thing as music therapy, and when studying music therapy, you’ll be surprised at what you find out.

How many times have you listened to music because you were in a bad mood? How many times have you felt a feeling of relaxation because you started listening to a song? How many times have the lyrics of a song really started speaking to you? Music is very powerful, and it can be used for so much good. Music can definitely help your overall health.

The Latest From The Maestros’ Merry-Go-Round

maestros' Merry Go RoundA clutch of conductorial tales to update you on this week, as a motley crew of maestri take up new jobs, leave old ones, and re-kindle the embers of a six-decade-long relationship.

The new jobs first: Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša has been announced today as the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra’s new Musical Director, taking over from Jonathan Nott, who has been with the Bambergers since 2000. The orchestra’s chief executive Marcus Rudolf Axt calls the appointment a continuation “of the Jonathan Nott era with consistency yet distinctiveness”, but where Nott brought an expertise in new music and a flair for original programming, Hrusa’s credentials – apart from the five programmes he has conducted with the orchestra so far – are in the freshness and energy he brings to the Czech repertoire that he loves so much, resonating with the Bamberg orchestra’s Bohemian sound, with their playing culture that comes from the many Czech musicians who founded it after the war. Whether Hrůša will continue the contemporary side of Bamberg’s recent programming remains to be seen.

French conductor Alain Altinoglu – who made his debut at Covent Garden with Mozart’s Don Giovanni earlier this year, who’s conducting at Bayreuth this year, and who alongside Krill Petrenko could be one of the finest conductors you’ve never heard (although Tim Ashley might disagree!) – is taking over as Music Director of La Monnaie in Brussels. It’s the post that Ludovic Morlot left last year citing artistic differences. Altinoglu will hope his long-term relationship with the players fares better, and that he receives the financial and creative support he needs.

The departing conductor is Riccardo Chailly, who announced last week he will quit his job at the Gewandhaus Orchester in Leipzig four years earlier than planned, at the end of 2016. It’s not too difficult to read the runes here: Chailly is also responsible for one of the music world’s most politically and creatively challenging roles: leading the opera house of La Scala Milan, and a few weeks ago he signed a contract to take over the Lucerne Festival Orchestra every summer. Chailly leaves an enormously significant legacy with the Leipzigers in the 10 years he has been there – especially in his visionary re-thinkings of the symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms, and his departure creates a vacancy that the world’s maestros will be queuing up to fill.


It was one of the strangest artistic own goals of recent times when the Concertgebouw Orchestra managed to alienate their most illustrious living conductor, Bernard Haitink, by failing to involve him in their 125th anniversary celebrations a couple of seasons ago. Haitink said at the time felt “ignored” and “almost humiliated”, and hasn’t conducted the orchestra since, the ensemble that he first worked with in 1956 and where, leading them for a quarter of a century, he catalysed one of the greatest periods in their gilded history. Happily, the Concertgebouw’s apology from its management – accepting “that feelings have been hurt unnecessarily, for which we would like to extend our sincere apologies” – appears to have rebuilt bridges, and Haitink will celebrate 60 years of his relationship with the orchestra in the 2016/17 season. Even in the turbulence of today’s orchestral merry-go-round, it’s possible for there to be an outbreak of common sense.

Keeping Music in New Orleans Schools

Orleans SchoolsIt’s been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina passed through the Gulf Coast and New Orleans. It’s been nearly as long since the state-run Recovery School District took over most of the schools in New Orleans in the aftermath of the storm and began turning them over to charter school operators.

Most of the new charter schools were focused on improving academics in a school system that had been rated the state’s second-worst. But many quickly found that there was one other piece of school programming they couldn’t ignore: Music.

In a new special report, Education Week reporters take a look at the state of the New Orleans school system and how changes in the past 10 years have affected children and adults.

One part of the report focuses on tensions around school culture and community in a system that has shifted away from neighborhood-based schools. Music programs, especially marching bands, play an important role. Check it out.

The piece features Rahel Wondwossen, the founding principal at Cohen College Prep, formerlyWalter L. Cohen High School. She says it was clear that her school needed a band director, but that that person also had to mesh with the very structured culture at the new charter school. “In many ways finding Riccardo, our band director, was way harder than finding our algebra teacher or chemistry teacher,” she said. She said she was looking for “someone who could do our type of school well and still represent the history of Cohen and build the band.”

Riccardo Emilien, Cohen College Prep’s band director, said that for a high school band leader in New Orleans, the pressure is on. “The band is the biggest ambassador of the school,” he said.

Local watchdog reporting site The Lens found that at the start of the 2012-13 school year, some 46 out of 80 public schools had a full-time music teacher. Lens reporters called every school in New Orleans to gather the information. High schools, most planning to field marching bands, were more likely to have music teachers than were elementary schools. Some schools still lack instruments to meet students’ demand for band programs. The 2012 article finds that while a few schools seem to have lost music teachers, some never had them. And a number of nonprofit extracurricular music programs have sprung up in the city in recent years.

And in 2014, New America Media reported on local parents, educators, politicians, and students who were pushing for more music and arts education in the city’s schools. The article suggests that it is sometimes difficult for parents to determine which schools have music and arts programs. One city council member suggested that the Recovery School District and Orleans Parish School Board should provide music education to each school. But the districts have no direct control over charter schools’ curriculum.

Why Does Music Education Matter?

Earlier this spring, when the Prairie Spirit School Division announced the decision to cut band programs to address a $7.1 million budget shortfall, parents, students and musicians from across the province quickly united in protest. Their critical response influenced the school division to reconsider their decision and reinstate the music program.

It’s vital to protect school-based music programs, says Holly Nimmons, executive director of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada. The organization, headquartered in Toronto, has a mandate to ensure music education programs are protected in our country’s schools.

“We believe music education can change children’s lives. Learning music is for life. It transforms lives in many ways – for a lifetime. Learning music early means you are learning skills that are going to be there for you, for the rest of your life – critical thinking skills, creativity, innovation. These are all essential for development in your adult life,” says Nimmons. “We say ‘success in music, success in life – it’s just no coincidence!” Introducing music education at an early age enhances a young child’s brain development, says Nimmons. “It helps to develop the areas of the brain that are related to language and reasoning.

Learning music is actually one of the few experiences that affects both sides of the brain – the empathic and the logical.”

Nimmons shares a quote from author Daniel J. Leviton, excerpted from his book This is Your Brain on Music: “Musical activity involves every region of the brain that we know about and nearly every neuro sub-system.”

Cognitive and physical skills are required to play an instrument and read music, she points out. “You learn to read musical notation, then you play that notation. Playing an instrument requires physical skill, whether it’s a flute or a tuba. It develops your motor coordination.”

Learning music also helps to develop vital communication skills. “That’s something we really need in our schools: listening skills, literacy skills, numeracy skills, communication skills -finding and expressing your voice, all sorts of things. Learning music also helps to develop empathy for others. That’s a very important thing, especially when it comes to understanding other cultures as well as retaining our own culture.”

Why is it important for music education to be delivered through schools? Nimmons replies that it’s the most effective way to ensure the benefits of music reach the greatest number of children. “It’s a universal delivery system, a way to reach as many young people as possible,” says Nimmons.

Keith Urban Meets With Students to Promote Music Education

Promote Music Education

Keith Urban has long been a champion of the importance of music education, and at his performance on the Today Show on Friday (Aug. 7), he showed just how much he cares.

As a CMA Music Education ambassador, Urban recently partnered with the CMA Foundation’s Music Education Matters initiative to donate guitars to New York City middle and elementary school students, whom he invited to experience the Today Show performance from the front row.

The artist took time before and after the five-song set to meet with the excited kids, who are part of the Education Through Music (ETM) program and were attending the organization’s summer camp. ETM partners with underserved schools to make music a priority by providing it as a core subject for students and creating a community that values the arts.

The CMA Foundation has made Music Education Matters its core initiative and supports programs like ETM primarily through events like the CMA Music Festival. CMA and the CMA Foundation has donated $11 million toward music education programs on behalf of artists who perform at the festival for free.

While on the Today Show, Urban performed his most recent single, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” which has become a Top 10 hit for the singer, along with “Long Hot Summer,” which fans chose in a poll the week prior. He announced recently that he will be appearing as a judge on the final season of American Idol. Urban continues touring around the country through early October.