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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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ometimes, string musicians get so set on becoming professional musicians that they forget to take a big-picture look at the variety of music-related careers available to them.

 

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If you’re pursuing a life as a string musician, you’ll inevitably find yourself in an orchestra or music group with a challenging music director. As a consolation, we can report that some of the world’s greatest conductors of all time were considered irritable and difficult to work with.

 

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The Concertmaster plays an integral role in any orchestra. Achieving the level of Concertmaster (also called 1st Violinist or Section Leader, depending on the orchestra) requires exceptional talent and dedication, but it is also a public role. It requires that you work well with conductors have good leadership skills and that you’re comfortable serving as the public face of the orchestra when called upon.

 

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If you aren't leaving music school with a diploma and a job offer, graduation time can seem daunting.

 

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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."

 

Read More

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…

 

Read More

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.

 

Read More

What Careers are Perfect for Cellists?

What Careers are Perfect for Cellists?

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ometimes, string musicians get so set on becoming professional musicians that they forget to take a big-picture look at the variety of music-related careers available to them.

 

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How to Get Along with a Challenging Music Director

How to Get Along with a Challenging Music Director

If you’re pursuing a life as a string musician, you’ll inevitably find yourself in an orchestra or music group with a challenging music director. As a consolation, we can report that some of the world’s greatest conductors of all time were considered irritable and difficult to work with.

 

Read More

Career Path to Becoming a Concertmaster

Career Path to Becoming a Concertmaster

The Concertmaster plays an integral role in any orchestra. Achieving the level of Concertmaster (also called 1st Violinist or Section Leader, depending on the orchestra) requires exceptional talent and dedication, but it is also a public role. It requires that you work well with conductors have good leadership skills and that you’re comfortable serving as the public face of the orchestra when called upon.

 

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Congratulations Music Graduate - Now What?

Congratulations Music Graduate - Now What?

If you aren't leaving music school with a diploma and a job offer, graduation time can seem daunting.

 

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