Music Degree - Online and Campus Programs

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Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy. We have developed our own online learning environment with the aim of being the most people-focused education experience on the web.
Programs:
  • Music Production, Bachelors of Science (Online)
  • Audio Production Bachelors (Online)
  • Music Business, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • And more...

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Now is a particularly exciting time for media production, but with technology more advanced than it ever was, starting a career in production is challenging without the proper skills. The Institute of Production & Recording (IPR) associate degrees can help you fill the gaps in your media production knowledge with the following associate degree programs:

 

Audio Production & Engineering

Music & Entertainment Business

Sound Design for Visual Media

Live Sound & Show Production

Digital Video & Media Production

 



 

Locations:  Minneapolis, MN

Programs:
  • Associate in Applied Science in Audio Production and Engineering
  • Associate in Applied Science in Live Sound and Show Production

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When students arrive at The Los Angeles Film School, they have passion and a dream. They know where they want to end up, but not how to get there. We will guide you on your journey through our associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in Film, Recording Arts, Music Production, Animation & VFX, Game Production & Design and Entertainment Business toward fulfilling that dream.

Locations:  Los Angeles, CA

Programs:
  • Associate of Science, Audio Production
  • Associate of Science, Music Production
  • Bachelor of Science, Entertainment Business

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A career in the music industry can be difficult--long periods of unemployment, unpredictable hours, low salaries, and frequent bouts of rejection. But for those with talent and passion for music, the trials and tribulations are worth it.

What Are My Career Options in Music?

Not all music industry professionals are singers or musicians. Other jobs include:
  • Composers, who create original music for symphonies or media
  • Music directors or conductors, who direct, plan, and conduct performances by symphonies, choirs, or musical troupes
  • Arrangers, who adapt pieces of music for particular uses
  • Music teachers, who instruct others in vocal or instrumental performance, or in understanding and appreciating music in general
  • Producers, who identify musical talent and may record their work, distribute, and market it.

Do I Need a Music Degree?

Most musicians would agree that talent is more important than formal training. However, honing that talent through formal voice or instrument training programs is crucial for your career. Such music programs also enable budding musicians to get practice performing. If you want to work in the business of music, you need formal business training in addition to musical skills. And, of course, if your interests lie in teaching, you need at least a bachelor's degree, and likely a master's degree.

What Can I Expect From a Music Career?

The future of music careers isn't likely to change much in the coming years, which is why the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts average growth of about 8 percent through 2018. And although it's possible to make a lot of money in music, it's extremely rare; the median hourly salary for musicians in 2008 was $21.24.