Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19

Thread: Would you say you need to go to college/university in order to make good music?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    3
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Question Would you say you need to go to college/university in order to make good music?

    Sign in to disable this ad
    I'm about to start college and i don't really know if it's worth to get into a music program and pay money to get a degree in producing music. I don't want to be a top music producer. I just want to make good music and upload it. Is it really necessary to go to some top school for music?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    USA
    Age
    44
    Posts
    25
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    Short answer, no.

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to JamGorby For This Useful Post:


  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Austin, Texas
    Posts
    14,395
    Thanks
    59
    Thanked 608 Times in 555 Posts
    Rep Power
    21474864
    Long answer: No.


  5. The Following User Says Thank You to Chili For This Useful Post:


  6. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Trending
    Posts
    18,698
    Thanks
    300
    Thanked 869 Times in 758 Posts
    Rep Power
    21470743
    Here's the short answer.

    You don't need it to get into music production or to get good at it...but these days, there are many music production programs with degrees.
    So if that's what you want to study, it won't hurt...and it may impress some people.
    You will learn a little in college...but not enough to get a job as a music producer or engineer in some studio, right out of college...but it may help you land an internship at some studio, and that's where you will really learn about production.

    Though TBH, if you really want it bad enough, you could probably land an internship without the college degree, you just have to really look hard and chase one down...and then the 4 years of college will be replaced with 4 years of hands-on at a studio learning...and you just might work into an assistant engineer position in that time, and then the doors will open for you...instead of just starting as an intern in 4 years after you finish college.

    Heck...you're in LA, you should be able to find a studio internship, just be really persistent when looking for one... and be willing to sweep the floors, take out the garbage, make the coffee...and if you're good with basic food prep, they will love you...not to mention, being attentive, all ears - no mouth, and with good manners, and show 110% interest in everything you are asked to do...etc.
    Those are the qualities that are appreciated from interns...and they will in return teach you studio work.

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to miroslav For This Useful Post:


  8. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Lowell Street Studio, New England
    Posts
    12,161
    Thanks
    19
    Thanked 571 Times in 543 Posts
    Rep Power
    18632360
    Take classes (any kind) to learn things. Go to college to learn a profession.
    Mike B My new album on CD Baby: Fact and Fiction
    My Bandcamp site: http://mikebirchmusic.bandcamp.com

  9. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    essex
    Posts
    2,820
    Thanks
    13
    Thanked 405 Times in 370 Posts
    Rep Power
    4008612
    College and university open a few doors that are closed to others. Your learning is totally up to you. You can be illiterate and make wonderful music. The notion that musical success needs academic success is flawed, and proven wrong by hundreds of years of evidence.

  10. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    3
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    Great short answer haha. I kind of thought of that strategy as well. To get internships in music companies or some place to do with music. Start from the bottom and build my way up. The thing is i don't just want to make music. I really love film and i want to incorporate it with my music. Not like a typical music video but longer than that. The other day i was trying to figure out which would be my backbone to my projects and i think i decided on film and business to be my backbone. I kinda noticed that there's so many people out there who make music and post it on the internet and people actually see it. All you really to make music is have the right software, a type of instrument, creativity, and a good mic!

  11. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    3
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by rob aylestone View Post
    College and university open a few doors that are closed to others. Your learning is totally up to you. You can be illiterate and make wonderful music. The notion that musical success needs academic success is flawed, and proven wrong by hundreds of years of evidence.
    That's absolutely true! Honestly to make some beats doesn't require a degree. Unless the people who are interested in music want to be making amazing scores for movies and stuff then that's when someone probably needs a degree.

  12. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    northampton uk home of Dr Who and Blackstar Amps!
    Posts
    9,994
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 667 Times in 631 Posts
    Rep Power
    9374894
    Whilst not being in any way qualified to answer really...I would say very few of the bods chasing down an "in" to a studio have any music theory or reading ability? Even fewer of them have any electrical knowledge.

    I would say having some basic idea of electrics, fuse ratings, power levels, impedance issues (and why they rarely matter!) OP voltage levels. PLUS the skill to solder and fix/makeup cables, will put you well in front of the other 1000 wannabees that might be brilliant musicians but of little practical use?

    Remember, back in the Golden Days of Abbey Rd they were recording ENGINEERS in the strict sense of the term.

    Dave.

  13. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    essex
    Posts
    2,820
    Thanks
    13
    Thanked 405 Times in 370 Posts
    Rep Power
    4008612
    Not even just the degree, but if you want to be able to give your music to people to play, you need to be able to write music, or you pay somebody to do it who can - which is what the less formally trained but famous musicians do. I worked on a simply awful project where the composer - who had a huge orchestra, choir and operatic singers at his disposal discovered they needed music written down! One of these crazy arts projects with more money than sense. He really thought the singers could learn it in a few hours. He paid for the transcriptions of his bizarre music. In fairness the ideas were good, but if you hire an orchestra, you really should have known they need music. He produces it on a computer, and has no clue at all what is going on. Education would have told him the range of the instruments - which he always got wrong. "Excuse me, I can't play that note" - Why not - "er because my finger have covered all the holes and that's as low as I can go....."

    Education fixes these things. It teaches you vocabulary, but some would say it also strangles creativity. not sure on that one.

    It works the other way too. We were playing a gig the other day and somebody in the audience was talking to our sound man who looked vaguely familiar. Turned out to be Thomas Dolby - who's now a professor in the US!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •