Music careers apart from teaching

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Lenny_The_Shark, Aug 19, 2006.

  1. I'm thinking of changing to a career in music, as I've slowly decided over the last 12 months that I want music to be more than just a hobby in my life. I'll probably have several threads related to this, but my initial starter for ten for everyone is:

    What viable careers are there in music apart from teaching?

    I wasted my student years on drinking rather than getting degrees, so I have no BMus, BA, or PGCE etc required for teaching which seems to be the obvious route for professional musicians. I'm not fit enough to join one of the armed forces bands, again due to afore mentioned drinking :)

    The only areas I can see that are suitable are:
    1. Working in a music shop/distributer.
    2. Music publishing (I did have a summer job in a small publisher when I was at school).
    3. Music technology companies (ie. Doyen, World of Brass, tmp??? ;) )

    Any suggestions would be welcomed, and if you actually have vacancies in your music-related business for a decent brass player/IT geek then drop me a PM!!! :p

  2. joelrn

    joelrn Member

    Music journalism perhaps. That's something that has always appealed to me but I don't know much about it or how to get into it.

  3. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

    City Music of truro are adverstising for a full time shop assistant. I saw the advert when i went in today.......but shhhh don't tell trevada i was there! :)
  4. Good suggestion, but sounds difficult to get into, especially with my limited grasp of writing skills :)

    Keep em coming...

    PS. Kelly, thanx thats the sort of thing I'm thinking of but I'm concentrating my search around Manchester/Leeds/Huddersfield (or Up North as we call it). No offence but Truro is a hell of a commute to Black Dyke rehearsals ;)
  5. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    For a while I was a roady/librarian/assistant manager/teaboy for professional orchestras. Superb job and I got to work on some great projects, but the pay/hours were not great. Try contacting BBC Phil c/o Oxford Road, the Halle, Manchester Camerata, Opera North/English Northern Phil.
  6. Bryan_sop

    Bryan_sop Active Member

    Get some interestng jobs on here. Not much at the moment but I check it out every so often
  7. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

    Have i missed something?! I thought you just moved to Bodmin. That would be Bodmin IN CORNWALL!! ????:confused:
  8. Yea but I wanna move Up North so I can play with the top bands cos they're all up there :D
  9. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

    Fair play, i can't keep up!
    Best of luck with the search!
  10. stopher

    stopher Member

    I think John Packer was looking for a brass specialist - Taunton not a million miles away from Cornwall! Bit far if you're moving up North though
  11. Yea I saw that one, it's better than Truro but still a long way to go :p

    Might have to do a mass email frenzy to anyone/anything connected to the music industry, should get some interesting replies....
  12. ploughboy

    ploughboy Active Member

    Some schools have departmental assistants posts in the music department - not as much money as teaching but, all the holidays and no lesson planning and marking to do!!!

  13. Di B

    Di B Member

    Think you might want to look at music therapy too. To be a music therapist you need a specialist qualification, but I think there are posts around for assistants.

    I also saw a while back a music/nursery school advertisement where you taught kids rythms on percussion etc. This was a franchise type job though.

    I believe that some areas don't require specialist music teachers to be qualified. You can go into schools to teach brass if you have relevant experience but no qualifications. I certainly know a few who have done this.

    Finally, ever thought about radio? It's more presenting as the music is usually pre-chosen (unless you do a specialist show on local radio).
    The good thing here is most stations would consider giving you unpaid work experience and from there you could go into hospital radio or a small radio station.
    (I have tried this though and it's more difficult than you think to talk general rubbish for exactly 16 seconds between a track and the news - it's an art form in its own right!)
  14. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

    Going off topic a little, here, but I'm always faintly amused by the whole 'degree in brass band playing' business. Surely it's completely daft to offer a qualification in something which is, for most, only a hobby. A bit like studying angling at University for three years, then wondering why nobody wants to employ an angler! Or cross-stitch, or netball, or jogging. The list is endless, but they are only hobbies for 99% of people who do them.

    Before anybody screams at me, this is only an observation :D

    Getting back onto the subject, I'll assume that playing for a living is out of the question? By your statement at the bottom, you must be a tenor horn player. Might it not be a good idea to switch to an instrument with a little more scope? The Armed Forces are often advertising for already experienced musicians to fill gaps in their bands - all you need to do endure the 10 weeks of basic training, then you can look forward to a rewarding and varied career. I know a bloke who joined the Marines on cornet, but when he had done his training, there were no cornet vacancies. The bandmaster said to him 'here's an oboe, you've got six weeks to learn it!'

    There have also been a number of tenor horn players who have very successfully switched to French Horn. And just think, you won't be embarressed to tell anybody you're a tenor horn player! (Only joking :biggrin: )
  15. GingerMaestro

    GingerMaestro Active Member

    Have you ever met John :D

    10 Weeks basic training would kill him not exactly built for speed or endurance (Sorry John only joking;) ) although I have heard they are looking for new starters in the catering corp. Hows your cooking John:eek: and all that cheap beer in the mess:tup
  16. BeatTheSheep

    BeatTheSheep Member

    You could try brass peri work. I've done it for 10 years before unfortunately falling rather ill. Without going into details about how you do it, pm me if you're interested. Come to think of it, my band may give you a job. How does Chorley sound?
  17. None taken Martin, those that know me will know I'm not the krypton-factor sort. :p

    Good suggestions coming in so far.

    I did spot a solo horn spot (tenor not foreign horn) with the royal welsh band (they play at the rugby internationals at millenium stadium) and are a TA band so not much running up hills carrying baby hippos etc.

    I thought peri teaching needed qualifications as well? will pm you sheepbeater (plenty of them in the forest ;) ). Did a bit of teaching in a junior band and at school so that would be good if I didnt need PGCE etc.

    I havent got a face for radio so thats out of the running as well I'm afraid.

    Cheers guys! Was going to try and get Solo Horn at Grimey but Billy beat me to it :biggrin:

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