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For all you budding composers out there, your career path may take you into the realm of “New Music” by definition. While there aren’t strict definitions of what qualifies as new music, one universally accepted criterion that qualifies any music as new music is its date of composition. So if you’re composing now, you’re composing new music.

 

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Concert promoters do not have easy jobs. They are cat wranglers in the middle of a three-ring circus. Connecting exciting artists to hot venues to create a fantastic event sounds awfully glamorous and exciting. It is. But it’s also a ton of work for concert promoters who have hundreds of tasks to get done, thousands of details to attend to, and a lot of egos to manage.

 

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Summer is over and it’s time to gear up for fall. For student musicians, that means getting prepared to apply for fall music competitions. For many people, auditions rank as things to be avoided, like getting a cavity drilled, being surrounded by spiders, or having your identity stolen. Nervousness and stress make competitions the most difficult part of your musical education. However, you don’t have to dread the yearly ritual. Half of the battle can be won before you ever set foot on stage. Preparation has the power to limit your fears.

 

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Students interested in a music career know that there is stiff competition to learn from certain instructors. Being able to get off on the right foot with a new music teacher is crucial for establishing a learning relationship that really benefits student advancement. The ugly truth is that it’s hard to learn from someone you don’t get along with, so making a great impression on your educator—regardless of your age or skill level—is a key to success.

 

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Going away to school is an exciting time. It feels like anything is possible – and it is. But as with anything worth doing, leaving home to enter the competitive world of music school has its challenges as well.

 

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Music directors are found in lots of institutions, from symphony orchestras to recording bands to local arts groups and churches, to radio stations. The role means different things in different contexts.  But since you guys love the strings, we’re going to focus here on the role of the music director with an orchestra.

 

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Technology has opened a host of new professions and opportunities for people around the world. In fact, the music industry has been part of the growth – changing, expanding and evolving to meet new demands. Instead of competing for traditional jobs in an orchestra, among chamber musicians, or as soloists, emerging string musicians are looking at alternative careers that utilize their skills in new ways.

 

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Musicians just want to make music. We get it. Even so, it usually takes some funding to do the music. That means sometimes, you have to put down the instrument for a bit and apply for a grant. It can be a laborious process, and frustrating when your application efforts don’t result in financial support for your career or project. The good news is that there are probably more grant-giving organizations out there than you can imagine and you can learn how to prepare grant applications to increase your chances of being awarded. It just takes some practice. You can do that.

 

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When performers approach a piece of music, they must decide how they’re going to interpret it. The notes may be there on the page, but a lot artistically has to happen for those notes to come into life.  A music arranger is often an integral part of this artistic process.

 

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Have you applied for your summer job yet? If you haven’t – get going; times a-wastin’.

 

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What Does New Music Mean For My Music Career?

What Does New Music Mean For My Music Career?

For all you budding composers out there, your career path may take you into the realm of “New Music” by definition. While there aren’t strict definitions of what qualifies as new music, one universally accepted criterion that qualifies any music as new music is its date of composition. So if you’re composing now, you’re composing new music.

 

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What Is A Concert Promoter And How Do I Become One?

What Is A Concert Promoter And How Do I Become One?

Concert promoters do not have easy jobs. They are cat wranglers in the middle of a three-ring circus. Connecting exciting artists to hot venues to create a fantastic event sounds awfully glamorous and exciting. It is. But it’s also a ton of work for concert promoters who have hundreds of tasks to get done, thousands of details to attend to, and a lot of egos to manage.

 

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Fall Music Competitions: Are You Ready To Apply?

Fall Music Competitions: Are You Ready To Apply?

Summer is over and it’s time to gear up for fall. For student musicians, that means getting prepared to apply for fall music competitions. For many people, auditions rank as things to be avoided, like getting a cavity drilled, being surrounded by spiders, or having your identity stolen. Nervousness and stress make competitions the most difficult part of your musical education. However, you don’t have to dread the yearly ritual. Half of the battle can be won before you ever set foot on stage. Preparation has the power to limit your fears.

 

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How To Make A Good Impression With A New Music Teacher

How To Make A Good Impression With A New Music Teacher

Students interested in a music career know that there is stiff competition to learn from certain instructors. Being able to get off on the right foot with a new music teacher is crucial for establishing a learning relationship that really benefits student advancement. The ugly truth is that it’s hard to learn from someone you don’t get along with, so making a great impression on your educator—regardless of your age or skill level—is a key to success.

 

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6 Tips To Survive Your First Year At A Music College/Conservatory

6 Tips To Survive Your First Year At A Music College/Conservatory

Going away to school is an exciting time. It feels like anything is possible – and it is. But as with anything worth doing, leaving home to enter the competitive world of music school has its challenges as well.

 

Read More

What Is A Music Director And How Do I Become One?

What Is A Music Director And How Do I Become One?

Music directors are found in lots of institutions, from symphony orchestras to recording bands to local arts groups and churches, to radio stations. The role means different things in different contexts.  But since you guys love the strings, we’re going to focus here on the role of the music director with an orchestra.

 

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7 Steps to Start Your Music Career

7 Steps to Start Your Music Career

Technology has opened a host of new professions and opportunities for people around the world. In fact, the music industry has been part of the growth – changing, expanding and evolving to meet new demands. Instead of competing for traditional jobs in an orchestra, among chamber musicians, or as soloists, emerging string musicians are looking at alternative careers that utilize their skills in new ways.

 

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How To Find And Apply For Artist Grants

How To Find And Apply For Artist Grants

Musicians just want to make music. We get it. Even so, it usually takes some funding to do the music. That means sometimes, you have to put down the instrument for a bit and apply for a grant. It can be a laborious process, and frustrating when your application efforts don’t result in financial support for your career or project. The good news is that there are probably more grant-giving organizations out there than you can imagine and you can learn how to prepare grant applications to increase your chances of being awarded. It just takes some practice. You can do that.

 

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What Is A Music Arranger And How do I Become One?

What Is A Music Arranger And How do I Become One?

When performers approach a piece of music, they must decide how they’re going to interpret it. The notes may be there on the page, but a lot artistically has to happen for those notes to come into life.  A music arranger is often an integral part of this artistic process.

 

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14 Interview Tips For Landing Your Summer Music Job

14 Interview Tips For Landing Your Summer Music Job

Have you applied for your summer job yet? If you haven’t – get going; times a-wastin’.

 

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