Today, many music students realize that building a career path in music is incredibly difficult and the end result is highly unpredictable. Indeed, it is a volatile field, and random events, such as war or epidemics, can throw many freelancers off their normal course. However, there are multiple success stories we can learn from. Often, you don’t have to be the top student in your class or a competition winner to produce something that meets the needs of the surrounding community and potential customers.

Hours of practicing the instrument make us better-skilled and, possibly, refined performers but do not prepare us for life situations such as securing a job or running a business.

I advise my students and their families to answer the questions below.

First, WHY are you studying music? What does music help you achieve and how does it impact your life? What kind of music makes you happy? What do you really want to be able to do? 

Second, what are your areas of interest and strength that you can combine to offer something new and valuable? Who can you team up with to create high-quality value?

Third, what can you offer and who are your community and customers?

Practicing a lot to become a soloist is not the only successful career path and is certainly not an easy one. Stay open-minded and explore experiences you would enjoy! By capitalizing on your interests, strengths, talents, and relationships, you might discover yourself on an exciting journey full of joy and discovery.