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6 Questions To Ask When Considering A Career In "The New Music Business"

1. How can I get started in the music business?

A rewarding career in The New Music Business can be achieved if you begin with the right education and training. Whether your dream is to create the music you love or work in a music-production or entrepreneurial capacity, success in the music business is the result of how much you know, how skillfully trained you are at what you do, and how determined you are to succeed. Therefore, finding the right university that offers an education (one that gives you all three of these elements) is imperative. Not all Music Business degree programs address each and every one of these crucial ingredients for career success.

2. Will a music business degree guarantee me a successful career?

There is no clear-cut path to success, nor any single degree that can guarantee a rewarding career. Music business careers are constantly being redefined. The record labels determined the old music industry and its career paths. Education was thought of more as an apprenticeship, and was perceived as being less important, because the emphasis was solely on how good one was at a particular skill. However, with the huge restructuring of the music business, there has been a paradigm shift in career paths. As new ways of working with and using music are discovered, new careers are being born daily. It now takes a combination of knowledge, proficiency, and determination for one to succeed. While not being a "guarantee" of success, the right Music Business degree will strengthen you in all three of these areas and give you the needed foundation to succeed.

3. What kind of employees are companies hiring in the new music business?

The music business has been in flux for years and continues to change daily. Record labels, management organizations, and production companies are much smaller, and much more highly entrepreneurial than ever before, with fewer employees. Thus, companies tend to look for people who think in entrepreneurial terms, and who offer multiple creative contributions to the overall organization. To work for these innovative companies, one must have a comprehensive knowledge about all areas: music, business operations, and the music business itself. For example, artists and songwriters must bring not only an exceptionally high musical expertise to these companies, but also an understanding of both music production and the music business. Producers need to know both "what makes an artist tick," and how to manage the financial aspects of their career. Those looking for non-music positions need to know the business of music, as well as all-of-the-above. Not all universities can give you the right tools and foundation for these positions.

4. How can I become really good at what I do?

You need to find a Music Business degree program that offers both basic and advanced courses in what you want to do. For example, if you are a songwriter, you must be sure that the degree program you choose offers both basic and advanced songwriting courses. Basic courses teach you the business of songwriting, and tend to focus on lyrical and song-form development. Advanced courses show you how to take the musical principles you have learned in Music Theory classes and apply them to your original songs. You will also want to sharpen your performance skills through private study in voice, piano, and guitar. If you are interested in recording engineering or music production, be sure that your degree teaches you more than just the mechanics of the recording process. Be sure your college of choice teaches you the art of shaping sound, through the development of aural musical skills, and that they offer you training in real-world techniques for producing and recording commercially viable songs. On another level, if you are interested in a supportive music business career such as a marketer or concert promoter, be sure that the university you choose offers a quality business-degree program: this should include courses in both Music and Music Business, as well as the ability to add a minor in areas such as Marketing, Finance or Entrepreneurship. This will enable you to demonstrate expertise, and help you become a respected professional in the music industry recognized for your talent.

5. Can Dallas Baptist University get me where I want to go?

We believe we can, and here's why. All of our Music Business degrees offer a complete balance of Music, foundational Business, and Music Business -specific principles and practices, all integrated into a well-rounded and Christ-centered liberal arts education. Using this foundation, both general and advanced knowledge of the music industry, along with entrepreneurial skills are taught by respected experts in the field. Entrepreneurship is the ability to identify, develop and bring an idea or vision to life, and it is at the center of every Music Business degree DBU offers, because these skills are mandatory for those who will lead the new music industry. DBU's degrees provide advanced instruction in the area of your career choice as well. Finally, DBU's degrees are taught by deeply committed Christian faculty, giving you a true spiritual foundation to navigate the choppy waters of The New Music Business with integrity and perseverance. This Christian foundation is the DBU distinctive that prepares students to be servant leaders in their calling and makes true success possible in any field.

6. Will I need a Master's degree?

It depends on what you want to do and how much you want to learn. It's been said, "knowledge is power." That statement has never been truer than it is today. If you are interested in creating music, then a bachelor's degree in Music Business with a complete balance of education in music, business operations and the specifics of the music business will solidly prepare you. If you are more suited to working behind the scenes on the business side of music, a bachelor's degree in Music Business, plus a minor in your area of choice, will serve you well. However, if you are looking for the kind of competitive edge that makes you stand out, you might consider earning an MBA (Master of Business Administration) to complement your undergraduate Music Business degree. DBU's Music Business and MBA programs can be combined in an accelerated manner whereby both degrees can be earned in only one additional year of study for most students. This accelerated bachelor's/master's degree program at DBU offers you a competitive advantage while saving both time and money.


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