Music is what feeds the soul, although not so much as your stom­ach. You can be emo­tion­al about music and your craft, but at the end of the day, it is a busi­ness. All busi­nesses require plan­ning and know­ledge of the steps to be taken in order to be successful.

Here are four steps to guide you on how to start a music career. Let’s begin!

1.    Take the Right Approach

If you are inter­ested to make a career in music, fol­low these points to ensure bet­ter res­ults. You should:

Be spe­cif­ic about what your career goal or level of suc­cess is.

Chalk out a prac­tic­al plan on when to take cer­tain decisions.

Go to a music school if you can afford to attend it.

Train under a ment­or if you have to.

Build a net­work of con­tacts that can sup­port your music journey.

Con­sider out­reach­ing all the sources that can help you improve your skills and move for­ward in the busi­ness at the right time.

Spend time work­ing on your writ­ing and com­pos­i­tion drafts etc.

Find the right team of man­agers and oth­er people who can help you work.

2.     Learn What You Can

If you are rel­at­ively young and at the appro­pri­ate age to attend col­lege, we would highly recom­mend form­al train­ing. Many musi­cians may tell you that you do not need to do that, but let us tell you some­thing — you can nev­er go wrong with get­ting trained in the area of your interest. It is just an extra tool you will have on your belt to make it in the cut-throat world of music.

There are many pres­ti­gi­ous music schools in the United States like Jul­liard, Berklee Col­lege of Music, Man­hat­tan School of Music, Clev­e­land Insti­tute of Music, and oth­ers. In order to get into these schools, you will need top-notch aca­dem­ic res­ults and an affin­ity and tal­ent for music.

Altern­at­ively, if you are gif­ted but only wor­ried about your grades, you can always use the help of experts that can guide you and help with tough pro­jects. If you want, you can always get assist­ance from pro­fes­sion­al writers as well. A review of essay writ­ing com­pan­ies can help you find the right fit. If you are in col­lege and find­ing it dif­fi­cult to nav­ig­ate, always try to learn what you can from your class and apply it to your music.

3.    Always Dance To Your Tune

Always be on the lookout for oppor­tun­it­ies that can help you put your­self on the music industry’s map. Be vigil­ant in your search for the right gigs and audi­tions. With form­al learn­ing, you will have an advant­age, but remem­ber, train­ing is noth­ing without the prac­tic­al approach to life.

A piece of advice we always give stu­dents is to learn about oth­er cul­tures and their tech­niques to make music. When you widen your hori­zons, you will have a fresh per­spect­ive, and it will show in your music and craft. A good meth­od is to read poetry and lyr­ics. If you are new to this con­tent in oth­er lan­guages, you can always use the ser­vices of trans­lat­ors that can provide very accur­ate trans­la­tions. Keep­ing your music fresh is what mat­ters the most, and a good way to do that is to learn new things every day.

4.    Become One with the Flock

A very inter­est­ing part of the music industry is its cul­ture. Make sure to spend time with oth­er cre­at­ive artists. Read about dif­fer­ent types of music and then dis­cuss them with your peers. You will learn much more than you can ima­gine from those around you.

Do not think that your friend might not be able to inspire you. Beeth­oven was writ­ing music at the age of 12. Not only will you find inspir­a­tion, but also your music part­ners for life.


If there is some con­clud­ing advice there is for music novices, it is that they must think of it as a job. People tend to for­get that learn­ing music is not just a pas­sion pro­ject. Learn music with all your heart, behave pro­fes­sion­ally in every set­ting, and most import­ant of all; when that light shines on you, sing loud and clear.

Author Bio

Merissa Moore is a freel­ance writer. She has writ­ten on a wide vari­ety of top­ics in her career, but her areas of interest include edu­ca­tion, research, and lit­er­at­ure writ­ing. Merissa is a big admirer of the works of Jane Aus­ten, Hardy, and Charles Dick­ens. Merissa has also dabbled in music and loves to play with her band; Flowers Gone Bad, at events.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.