I wanted to start a music career but not sure if I should continue right now
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I’m from Hong Kong and I want to study undergraduate program in US. Preparing for Toefl and DSE right now. I like music and wanted to make it as my career, but other than that I also want to study one extra subject in college. #music-industry
Right now your focus should be getting your grades and TEOFL score in order, and choosing a school or state you want to attend college at. Next, keep up to date on the COVID19 situation and the Immigration policies that may affect your status as an international student. You don't have to pursue music only in the US, I'm sure that HK has vast opportunities as well. For the immediate future, your academic side should be your focus. Once you get accepted into the school of your choice (maybe with a good music program?) then you could choose a subject/major that will put you on the path to your desired career. Doing what you love is an amazing experience, but remember to take the necessary steps in front of you first! I wish you the best of luck!
If you are concentrating on performance, then the audition is very important. Contact the school that you wish to attend for audition requirements and then spend about a year in preparation. Many American colleges are moving towards classes on an online platform due to the global pandemic. Unfortunately, music performance is one of the most difficult majors to study exclusively online.
Robbin recommends the following next steps:
I'll give you an example, I love to sing, but for me this is a hobby now, it doesn't mean that in the future I can't change my mind.
You have infinite possibilities, you can change the direction whenever you want.
Trace a path to be able to do all the things you want, in a short or long time. Good luck!
You already have some great answers here so I’ll just add some resources you may find helpful in learning more about careers in music.
Similar to what Eliandra shared, music is a hobby for me right now and I did major in music my first couple of years in college, then switched to a business related major. I still enjoy using what I learned in my two years of college focusing on music.
Check out these resources:
Melisa recommends the following next steps:
First, I would suggest to identify what are of music you want to pursue. Is it that you want to be a performer? or any role (business, analytics, operations, stage artist, etc.) in the music industry? Identifying such will help you find what you want to focus on in college and have success in finding a career path after that can involve your passion of music.
My sibling has pursued a major in music in the past so I know that finding a 'career' in music just as a performer is tough. So having that flexibility of what role(s) you want to take on in the industry would be very helpful for you in the short-term (deciding another major) and in the long-term (securing a job)!