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There are two things to focus on when writing cover letters for the  summer internships you've found.

 

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Each summer or vacation break you spend as a music intern is an important stepping-stone along your musical career path. If you’ve never had one before, now’s the time to get ready for this invaluable work experience.

 

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As the movie awards season comes to a close, we thought we'd take a look at film composers. As musicians, we understand that movies wouldn’t pack nearly the emotional punch they have without the right soundtrack. While many movie soundtracks are primarily filled with clips of songs not written specifically for that movie, most will also include at least one original piece — if not an entire score.

 

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If you’re in a university music program and you’re interested in a future career in music, now is the time to identify summer internship possibilities. Some of the most competitive internship programs are already reviewing applications and conducting interviews. Time is of the essence.

 

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Recently, there was a post on Reddit's r/choosingbeggars. A band leader wanted a drummer to join him for a gig. It was a paying gig, but the bandleader expected the drummer to play for free. "Isn't it the art that feeds your soul?" the band leader asked.

"No," a drummer replied, "the money I earn playing gigs buys the food that feeds my soul."

 

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For many community or symphony orchestras, the conductor (or music director) and the artistic director are the same person, and s/he performs both roles. However, there are theaters, orchestras, opera houses, and dance companies that opt to have a separate person serving in the role of artistic director. In that case, the music and artistic directors work together, collaborating on how the seasonal stage, theater, and performances will look – as well as sound.

 

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Job searching is stressful. You take time to prepare different resumes targeted to different types of jobs. You practice your interview skills. All this work to craft how a potential employer sees you.

And then they check your Instagram page…

 

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Imagine what it must be like for someone attending their first classical music performance. From the perspective of the audience, they see and hear the musicians playing their instruments, and the back of the conductor, hands flying about. The uninitiated concert-goer might pick up on the cause and effect of a pointed baton or finger, and the music that follows.

 

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Yes, you're a busy music student. But you're a busy music student who wouldn't mind earning a little side cash. If you're going to invest your time and energy to earn some extra money, find a side hustle that will help you build your professional portfolio too.

 

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Think your current Facebook profile pic is good enough to use as a standard publicity photo? Think again.

Your publicity photos play a critical role in the development of your persona and brand, and the interest potential promoters, agents, and event planners have in your music services.

 

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How to Write a Winning Summer Music Internship Letter

How to Write a Winning Summer Music Internship Letter

There are two things to focus on when writing cover letters for the  summer internships you've found.

 

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How to Get a Summer Musical Internship in 8 Simple Steps

How to Get a Summer Musical Internship in 8 Simple Steps

Each summer or vacation break you spend as a music intern is an important stepping-stone along your musical career path. If you’ve never had one before, now’s the time to get ready for this invaluable work experience.

 

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Insights from the World's Best Film Score Composers

Insights from the World's Best Film Score Composers

As the movie awards season comes to a close, we thought we'd take a look at film composers. As musicians, we understand that movies wouldn’t pack nearly the emotional punch they have without the right soundtrack. While many movie soundtracks are primarily filled with clips of songs not written specifically for that movie, most will also include at least one original piece — if not an entire score.

 

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Identify Your Summer Internship Now

Identify Your Summer Internship Now

If you’re in a university music program and you’re interested in a future career in music, now is the time to identify summer internship possibilities. Some of the most competitive internship programs are already reviewing applications and conducting interviews. Time is of the essence.

 

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The 8 Highest Paying Jobs in the Music Industry

The 8 Highest Paying Jobs in the Music Industry

Recently, there was a post on Reddit's r/choosingbeggars. A band leader wanted a drummer to join him for a gig. It was a paying gig, but the bandleader expected the drummer to play for free. "Isn't it the art that feeds your soul?" the band leader asked.

"No," a drummer replied, "the money I earn playing gigs buys the food that feeds my soul."

 

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What is the Role of an Artistic Director with the Orchestra?

What is the Role of an Artistic Director with the Orchestra?

For many community or symphony orchestras, the conductor (or music director) and the artistic director are the same person, and s/he performs both roles. However, there are theaters, orchestras, opera houses, and dance companies that opt to have a separate person serving in the role of artistic director. In that case, the music and artistic directors work together, collaborating on how the seasonal stage, theater, and performances will look – as well as sound.

 

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How to Build Your Online Music Reputation as You Job Search

How to Build Your Online Music Reputation as You Job Search

Job searching is stressful. You take time to prepare different resumes targeted to different types of jobs. You practice your interview skills. All this work to craft how a potential employer sees you.

And then they check your Instagram page…

 

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A Conductor's Job is More Than Waving a Baton

A Conductor's Job is More Than Waving a Baton

Imagine what it must be like for someone attending their first classical music performance. From the perspective of the audience, they see and hear the musicians playing their instruments, and the back of the conductor, hands flying about. The uninitiated concert-goer might pick up on the cause and effect of a pointed baton or finger, and the music that follows.

 

Read More

Music School Side Hustles That Earn You Money and Build Your Brand

Music School Side Hustles That Earn You Money and Build Your Brand

Yes, you're a busy music student. But you're a busy music student who wouldn't mind earning a little side cash. If you're going to invest your time and energy to earn some extra money, find a side hustle that will help you build your professional portfolio too.

 

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Why You Need Great Publicity Photos

Why You Need Great Publicity Photos

Think your current Facebook profile pic is good enough to use as a standard publicity photo? Think again.

Your publicity photos play a critical role in the development of your persona and brand, and the interest potential promoters, agents, and event planners have in your music services.

 

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