Are you interested in music in its various forms? Do you want to make a career in music? Though unconventional, music is not only a field with prosperous career opportunities but also one which is very interesting. However, it is very difficult to make a name in the music industry if you are not blessed with talent and do not receive proper training. This is where a course or an education program in music becomes very important. Degree, diploma and research programs are available in music. These courses not only teach you the basics of playing a musical instrument or modulating your voice according to the sound of the instrument, but also teach you the technicalities involved in music. The study of music is known as musicology.
Streams / Branches - The study of music in Indian institutes is generally divided into the Indian and western sections. We can further classify music into the sections of classical, rock, jazz, etc. A music teacher teaches his students the art of performing individually or in an orchestra. A student can also learn to play different types of instruments as part of his music lessons.
Who can opt for this course - A person who loves music and has an interest to take it to the professional level can opt to pursue short term and long term courses in music. Music is often taught at the primary and secondary school levels, but in order to take up music as a profession, a student will have to opt for this course at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study. Therefore only students who have successfully completed the 10+2 level of study can seek admission to a course in music.
When to start the preparation - It is said that more a person practices, the better will he perform as a musician. Therefore you can start preparations early on in life, during your school days, if you have decided to make a career in music. Students can also nurture their talents while practicing after enrolling in the course of study.
Type of Exams for Eligibility - Institutes conduct separate entrance tests for admission to courses of study in music. Written tests, audition tests and personal interviews are conducted of applicants.
Best universities, institutions and colleges - If you have decided to pursue a professional course in music, study in the colleges listed below:
- Banaras Hindu University
- Visva Bharati University, West Bengal
- Rabindra Bharati University, West Bengal
- University of Kerala
- Annamalai University
- Bengal Music College, University of Calcutta
- University of Calicut
- Ali Akbar College of Music, West Bengal
- Chembai Memorial Government Musical College, Palakkad
- Government College for Women, Kerala
- R L V College of Music, Kerala
- Shri Swathi Thirunal College of Music, Kerala
- Queen Mary’s College, Tamil Nadu
- Banasthali Vidyapith Faculty of Fine Art, Bharatpur
How to prepare - Practice in your choice of musical instrument or choice of music genre is the best way to prepare for the audition test in career courses in music. The written test and personal interview test the candidate’s knowledge of music.
What are the prospects / future - Though the career progress in music is slow, they are bright and many. A qualified music professional can seek employment as a lyricist, a music director / composer or work in different television or radio FM channels. Some musicians also work as music critics and music correspondents for leading newspapers and magazines.