Careers in Music Podcast – How You Can Make an Impact on Music – Video and Digital Production

Hi, my name is Vincent Allen, and I am a music
producer as well as a choir and worship band performer. In this podcast we will look at the different
careers and ways you can make an impact on the music industry. [Music] Number 1, Music Teacher With a bachelor’s degree in music education
you can be a choir slash band director at a middle or high school or a general music
teacher at an elementary school. You could even hold private lessons on the
side or get enough students to make it your main source of income! Either way you get to inspire the next generation
of musicians, performers, and artists! The average salary for a music teacher is
about 40 thousand a year… however this can go up to the 70 thousands
depending on the position. As I said before, this type of job requires
a 4-year degree and sometimes a teacher preparation program. The average sticker price for this degree
is $151,780. This may seem like a lot… that’s because
it is, however, this is before grants and scholarships… for all of the jobs and degrees
I mention I will be giving the sticker price. [Music] Number 2, Recording Engineer Recording engineers work on the technical
back end of the music production process. This can include managing production, recording
vocalists or instruments, mixing, and editing songs for an album. Many consider this the “dirty work” of
the music industry, but without recording engineers, modern music production would not
be possible. These people are the backbone of the music
production industry. But how does one become a recording engineer? There are a few ways… first off, you can
get an Associate’s or Bachelors of Science in Audio. An associates degree will limit your job opportunities. You will be told what to do and have little
artistic choice. With a bachelor’s degree you are more in
the driver’s seat of the audio production operation. states that this degree
will run you about $20,000 a year making the total price of education around $80,000. Another route to become a recording engineer
is to get hands on experience in the field. Many bars and pubs will have live music and
maybe a sound engineer to man them. Watching these people work, or even asking
if you can help will get you experience and a start in the field. Many large churches also have expensive and
large sound systems. This is another place you can gain experience. The last way is to get an internship at a
recording and production company. Although these positions may be unpaid, they
will provide great experience in the recording field. Salary in this field can vary wildly. This is because most of the work is freelance
and depends on how many clients you can pull in. The average salary, according to
is about $56,000 per year… although this can go up into the $100,000s
if you are working with big ticket artists and clients. [Music] Number 3, Artist and Repertoire staffer If you have a good ear for musical talent
and are in the know about new bands and artists, this job may be for you. An Artist and Repertoire staffer works for
a record label to scout for talented artists and bands to sign. A degree in marketing, communications, or
business can be useful. As with the last career mentioned, the salary
varies widely. says that an A&R representative’s
salary can range from $27,000 to over $175,000 per year. This, of course, is HIGHLY dependent on your
ear for commercial successes. [Music] Number 4, Music Therapist Many of us can attest to the fact that music
is great for everything from expressing yourself, to relieving stress. A music therapist helps his/her patients by
helping to create strategies to aid in physical, emotional and cognitive issues. Music therapists are therapists as well as
musicians, so some sort of musical skill, or deep love of music is recommended for those
who want to succeed in this career choice. A music therapy degree is one of the more
expensive on this list… but most health care degrees are quite pricey. The estimated 4-year cost is $169,000. How much do you make though? The American Music Therapy Association’s
website says that the most commonly reported salary was $40,000 a year. But they also received reports of salaries
ranging from $20,000 on the low end to $200,000 a year on the high end. [Music] Number 5, Music Producer A music producer is the one who oversees the
production of a song or album. This title covers a wide variety of jobs. The first thing that comes to mind for most
when they hear music producer is the one who writes the instrumental or background track. And this is correct, however music producer
can be more than that, and a music producer doesn’t have to be the one writing the instrumentals. Music Producers can also be supervisors, choosing
who works on the song and or album. While music production is more of a vocation
requiring networking in the industry, a degree can be had. Costs range widely from 8 thousand per year
to over 29thousand a year at a private school. If you love composition, recording, and working
with people, this may be the job for you. In addition to working with an artist, record
label, or film production company, you can sell your instrumentals as a side gig. This is one of the things I am planning to
do alongside my main aspirations. [Music] Number 6, Singer or Musician There are many options if you want to be a
performer. For singers, you can specialize in the following
• Opera/Theater • A background singer for a band
• A hired singer for anything from TV shows to vocals on a song
• Church Worship Leader (We’ll get deeper into that later)
• Lead singer for a band There is no real set wage for these jobs,
it all depends on what you are doing and where you are doing it. Other options for non-singers can include
• A cruise ship band musician • Accompanist
• Remote recording artist (play for use in songs, tv, film, etc.)
• Orchestral musician Again, none of these jobs are guaranteed and
salary will be based on your skill and how many jobs you can do in a day. It is smart to have a plan B or other job
when pursuing performance as a job. [Music] Number 7, Worship Leader Have a great voice and can play the piano
or guitar? Then you should investigate becoming a worship
leader for a large church. As a church worship leader, you are responsible
for many things. First off, you must find volunteer musicians
to play on the Sunday (and sometimes Wednesday) bands. You also are sometimes responsible for arranging
the music played. This can include making sheet music as well
as setting up Ableton live to play backing tracks. In my church we rehearse on Wednesdays and
play 2 different services on Sundays. So, as well as organizing everything, worship
leaders are performers and teachers. This career has the best of both worlds when
it comes to performance. You get to be on a stage every week and you
get a steady paycheck. The average worship pastor for a large, progressive
church with about 300-500 people makes about $44,000 a year. This can increase depending on the size of
the congregation. Worship pastors at Hillsong have been reported
making upwards of 80k a year. Being a worship pastor is one of the most
stable jobs for a musician short of becoming a teacher. Thank you for listening to my podcast, if
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in the description, Until next time, this is Vincent Allen.

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