Be a musician for life

There are so many people who love music, have this deep desire to express it, but place it on the back burner because when they consider survival, they could never see themselves as ‘a musician for life’.

What was a musician?

For centuries, musicians were performers who operated as players of instruments and singers of songs.They spent long hours trying to entertain people, or accompanying performers and their financial benefit was determined by the whims and fancies of those who hired them. There also were composers who spent endless nights writing notes on a music score as that would have been the only record of their composition.

What is a musician?

With innovation in recording methods, the LPs, then the cassettes, the CD’s, and the mp3 and other formats, doors of opportunities opened up for lovers and performers of music. They are able, not only to share their music live, in real time, but also to have that music recorded, sold, streamed, licensed for profit. There are many ways to earn from the occupation called ‘musician’ without having to stand in front of an audience.

There are so many supporting services that require the input of musicans. There is employment available for accompanists on stage and in studios. There are audio and video engineers. There are arrangers and composers who can share tracks online and come up with recordings without ever having met each other. They can also have their music placed in ads and movies for a good income.

Technology now facilitates scoring and publishing your own music using the lastest software.

Can you work as a musician for life ? 

The answer is a resounding yes. You can decide to work as a musician, doing what you  love, and earning a sizeable income. There are online platforms that provide online freelancing. This means that even if you are a lawyer or mechanic, you can be engaged in providing music services. You can decide which area of music you want to pursue and enrol  in online courses in playing instruments as a practical effort, or get certification and degrees in music courses at college level.

You are the musician 

Whether you pursue the art full- time, or part-time as a music professional or as a hobby, if you have this deep desire for musical expression, maybe it is time to launch out into this field and bring out your inner musician. The world supports it.

Are you ready ?


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  1. Jake

    Hi, I am a guitarist for about 5 years now. I still am not good at it yet, but I would love to get 10,000 of mastery so that I can get mastery. (I  am at about 1500 hours right now)

    Once I have enough skill, I love the idea of playing for money. I did not know that there was actual work for musicians.

    I like the idea of creating a new song and then having it be used in a movie. That would be cool.  Once I am good enough then I will  have lots of options to make money from my music.

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Jake, even with basic skills you can receive placements . If you play a simple loop on your guitar, you might get it placed in a documentary or other film. You don’t have to wait to be a pro. The world has changed my friend. You can make your music hobby set you up for life. Thanks for your comments

  2. Rodarrick

    Being a musician is one of the most lucrative work right now that involves the use of personal skills. Gone are the days where people find it as just an hybrid of laziness, now music play important part in all our lives and various other spheres. So, the need for it has risen drastically and musicians can really get to work at various places while doing exactly what they care for. Great post

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Well said, Rodarrick. Opportunities , big and small, are all there for those who are prepared to hone their skills and do the work. Thanks for your comments which is an excellent summary !

  3. Michael

    I have all the musical ability of a rock. In saying that I love music. lf I am on a long road trip it is volume turned up and singing along with the my favourite songs. Luckily I am solo traveler. 

    Music plays a big part in many people lives, I am a tradesman, and Makita is known for making power tools. They also make a damn good radio. Sometimes there are problems between workers who don’t like a certain genre and arguments can develop. Most are good natured though.

    I have a friend who has a band, It is not a full time job for them. They still have their day jobs. On weekends they perform for a few dollars and free drinks, but it is all about the atmosphere they create, so people have a good time. 

    Some street performers I have seen are very talented. As my friend in the band once told me it is just practice, practice practice. 

    A good article you have put up here.  

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Yes Michael, being involved in music in some way can make your life such a pleasure. You can learn to play an instrument, sing, be a producer and earn in all those ares. Keep on enjoying your music. Thanks for your comments.


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