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Music is the area of study and employment that deals with the combination of sounds in order to produce a response, be it emotional, professional or otherwise. Musicians work alone or in groups in order to construct harmonies and melodies that achieve a desired result, with many different types of music and instrument available for study and exploration.
Education and Schools
Individuals who wish to study music will learn explore a variety of subjects related to it. Such education includes theory, notation, simple and complex construction, experimentation, as well as how to harmonize various sounds, and depending on one’s specialization, further insight into a given instrument or group of instruments, or how to arrange and compose music, which is often the case for conductors. Musicians trained in this fashion may earn varying levels of degrees, though the most common are bachelor or master degrees.
A curriculum may include:
- Music Theory
- Music History
Students who wish to study music should choose schools that have specialized programs, particularly if they plan to study a specific instrument, rather than broad theory. Schools that have modern music departments, or conservatories that specialize in music education are typically the most ideal for student. Additionally, renowned schools that have graduates of note, or connections to various music outlets and groups may also be preferable.
Music has seen an increase in employment due to changing technology and distribution. As a result more music of all types is able to make its way into the homes and ears of individuals. Educated and trained musicians will be able to seek employment in a variety of venues, including symphonies, studio sessions, pick up for bands, and other similar areas. Additionally, composers of quality and experience can find opportunities working for film, games, television and more. Employment is expected to increase over the next decade.