The Accidental Careerist
Saying you love music is kind of like saying you love ice cream. Or the beach. But channeling your love of music into a professional career is pretty cool, even if at the end of the day you don’t have groupies.
AUDIO INDUSTRY · NYU
You’ve spent many a party sitting by the iPod sipping beer all night. Well, lots of industries pay to have people pick their music. Learn how to research and procure audio material and incorporate it into today’s media.
Get basic training in the demographic and marketing techniques used in the industry.
AUDIO TECHNOLOGY · CUNY LEHMAN
You don’t even have to travel all the way to the Bronx! Lehman College offers on-line courses to prepare you for a career in the music industry, like this one about audio technology. There’s a lot more to do than just hit “record”: here you’ll learn how to mix and master, how to make sense of Pro Tools, and how to play with MIDI and “virtual instruments”.
MUSIC IN THE MEDIA BUSINESS
· THE NEW SCHOOL
CDs are little more than fancy coasters these days. Suffice to say, the music industry is changing and you’d be wise to see where it’s going. This course examines the new media outlets involved in distribution and casts an eye toward the future of the industry.
MUSIC BUSINESS · CUNY LEHMAN
We take it back: anyone can write a song. (“Love” rhymes with “above”!) But not everyone has the savvy and knowhow to sell it. This on-line course teaches you the basics of A&R, publishing, marketing, promotion and legal — you know, all those unglamorous but necessary aspects of the music business. Take comfort: even if you’re tone deaf, there’s still a place for you in the industry.
The Unrepentant Dreamer
It’s ugly business, isn’t it? And you don’t even have any groupies. And you have to pay for your beer, don’t you? DON’T LET THE DREAM DIE DUDE. (We are totally getting the band back together!!!)
UNDERSTANDING THE MUSIC BUSINESS · JUILLIARD
Your band might sound good, but if you sound like an idiot to a producer, things might not go so well for you.
MUSICIANSHIP · CUNY LEHMAN
Get over it: artistic creation isn’t all just numinous inspiration. There’s a craft to learn, and this online course will teach it to you: how to write songs, how to arrange them. Lesson One: “Moon” needn’t always rhyme with “June.”
GARAGE BAND · NYU
It might not be professional-grade software, but you need a demo and your wallet is really more of a nice accessory than a dispensary of money these days.
INTRODUCTION TO HARMONY · JUILLIARD
Fleet Foxes do little more than sing sweetly and listeners swoon. You can do that, right? Growing a beard is the hard part.
We're thinking of taking most of these courses, so someday we too can be a grownup magazine!
Aug 19, 2009
You've always loved books. But should you be reading them, or writing them?
Aug 19, 2009
Remember how George and Jerry came up with a show about nothing and got filthy rich playing themselves? You can do that.
Aug 19, 2009