I just wrote a guest post for the TuneCore blog on the topic of incorporating music industry instruction in the music education classroom. Too often our students go without knowing the careers they can have in the arts without pursuing performing or teaching. As educators, it’s our job to make the world accessible for our students. Here’s a brief sample from the article:
At the beginning of each semester, I give all of my high school students a survey about themselves, their musical experiences, and their career aspirations. Often times, they are interested in careers outside of the arts but hope to continue singing in choir or playing in bands. However, when their career interests are arts-related, they fall into two categories: performing or teaching.
Of course, this is great and I’m always glad to see students pursuing a field they are interested in. But what about all of the other arts careers? Often times, they don’t even know they exist until they have chosen a college major or are about to graduate.
This is a problem.
I wonder about the students who love their music classes and possess real talent, but have no interest in performing or teaching so they pursue another career field and hope to keep music in their lives either by joining a community ensemble or simply attending local performances. What if they knew there were other careers that don’t involve performing or teaching, that still allow them to be involved in the arts but also incorporate their other interests and strengths?
In a TEDTalk titled “The Transformative Power of Classical Music,” Benjamin Zander speaks on how classical music is for everyone, not just classical music fans. When discussing how musicians perform certain passages of music, he claims that if they play with emotion and intention, the entire audience will connect. He explained, “The conductor is dependent on their power to make other people powerful.”
Whether you are a classroom teacher, private lesson studio teacher, or arts advocate, our job is to impart our knowledge of our field to our students in hopes of inspiring them to pursue their own talents. So, this is what I try to do.
You can read the rest of the article here.
How are you teaching music industry lessons in your classroom? Leave a comment below, or continue the conversation on Twitter @LindsayBrazell.