Keep practicing those arias and scales, have a lesson when you can, and audition your little butt off, but on your way to the top of the music mountain consider all these areas that can enrich your success.
Generally, in music therapy some certification is required. Most professionals have advance degrees in music, psychology, or social work.
--Special Education Facilities
--Mental health centers
The recording industry is a vast and wide net where many performers catch better entry into their fields. This field includes professionals who obtain degrees in music performance or music business.
--Publishing and Editing
--Marketing and Sales
Traditionally this path is for the musician who wishes to make performance his/her sole occupation. This highly competitive but rewarding field is based heavily on networks, auditions, and talent. In the United States, graduate degrees and consistent professional experience is preferred.
--Radio, Television, and Motion Picture
A field growing in demand for musically experienced individuals is communications. Businesses seek artistic professionals able to handle many aspects of performance or art related projects. Generally this is contract work for professionals with at least undergraduate degrees in music.
Other great opportunities for the music professional are found in the law field. This is a great field for learning the legal responsibilities of music business/performance. Music professionals in this arena work in tandem with law professionals on varying music related issues. Law degrees are generally not obtained.
--Music copyright and Licensing
Musicians with a flare for writing are always welcomed in the journalism field. Our expertise on musical form, performance practice, history, and theory are all strengths that make writing for local, city, or national news unmatchable. Strong writing skills/portfolio required.