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Is Music School Right for You?

If you’re pursuing a career in the music industry, perhaps you’re wondering whether attending music school is the right choice for you. Does attending music school increase your chances for success? Does having a music degree make you look better to the industry? Will music school make you more qualified to work in this business?

It goes without saying that a working knowledge of music itself will benefit you if you’re working in the music industry in any capacity. In fact, the more you know about music, the better. However, when it comes to being qualified, there are virtually NO degree requirements to working in the industry, nor will attending a music school improve your chances for getting hired at a recording studio. Some record label and publishing jobs might appreciate that you have a music business education, but there are other ways to get that education that don’t necessarily involve an expensive college or university degree.

That being said, a working knowledge of music can always be helpful for pursuing a career in the industry, whether you’re on the business side or the creative side. The question of whether you should go to college for that education, get private lessons or just teach yourself—that really depends on the type of person you are. But unless you’re planning to become a college music educator, a professional classic musician or a musicologist, a college degree in music is probably not a requirement, but rather, more like an option.

So, is music school right for you? Here’s a quick guide to help steer you right.

MUSIC SCHOOL MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA IF:

  • You are pursuing a music career from an academic standpoint.
  • You are planning to become a professional classical or jazz musician, conductor or composer.
  • You simply want to expand your knowledge of music or your ability to perform it, and only if you can afford the tuition.

MUSIC SCHOOL MIGHT NOT BE A GOOD IDEA IF:

  • You plan on being an audio engineer or music producer. (Most music schools offer limited training in these fields, and when they do, it’s usually very overpriced and fairly ineffective. You’re better off learning in a real recording studio as an extern/apprentice, as the Recording Connection offers.)
  • You can’t afford the tuition. (There’s no point in going deep into debt for a music school degree when there are cheaper ways to learn music.)

All told, you can never go wrong in expanding your knowledge of music, or your ability to play it. Just know that music school isn’t the only way to get that education or training, nor is it a requirement for most jobs in the industry. If your goal is to work professionally in a recording studio, you’ll be much better off from a career standpoint by learning as an extern/apprentice in a real recording studio—which is the exact type of training the Recording Connection offers. If you choose to supplement that training with music school, that’s up to you. Only you can really decide whether music school is right for you.