Path­way to great ca­reers in mu­sic

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non-tra­di­tional ca­reers are be­com­ing the norm. in early 2000, there was a de­mand for it pro­fes­sion­als and nurses but to­day, we find an over­sup­ply of such grad­u­ates in the mar­ket, many of whom are not in­volved in their cho­sen field of study.

With the rise of so­cial me­dia and all that comes with the need to stay con­nected, only one thing has not lost its ap­peal – mu­sic – which can be found ev­ery­where.

a ca­reer in mu­sic can be glam­orous, whether you’re on stage or work­ing be­hind the scene.

From a mu­sic teacher to the lat­est pop icon, a ca­reer in mu­sic is al­ways in de­mand and the in­dus­try is con­stantly evolv­ing.

if you are con­sid­er­ing study­ing mu­sic but con­cerned about your ca­reer prospects, think about what the mu­sic in­dus­try has to of­fer.

the mu­sic in­dus­try is thriv­ing in many coun­tries, not just in Malaysia.

there are many op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able for mu­sic grad­u­ates but many are not aware of the pos­i­tive and of­ten lu­cra­tive jobs avail­able.

Be­sides be­ing a per­former, the list of ca­reers in the mu­sic in­dus­try reads like a tele­phone di­rec­tory – start­ing with “a” for acous­tics con­sul­tant to “Z” for zitherist.

if you are in­ter­ested in a ca­reer in mu­sic, you must have pas­sion and a solid ed­u­ca­tion back­ground.

a for­mal mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion al­lows the new gen­er­a­tion of mu­si­cians to not only adapt to change but also ini­ti­ate change in so­ci­ety.

a good place to start your for­mal ed­u­ca­tion in mu­sic is at in­ter­na­tional Col­lege of Mu­sic (iCoM), which is of­fer­ing the Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic (Hons) Pro­fes­sional Mu­sic (BMus) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Univer­sity of Wolver­hamp­ton in Bri­tain.

ad­mis­sion is through the one-and-a-half- year Foun­da­tion in Mu­sic.

all in all, it will take you four and a half years to com­plete the pro­gramme and earn a BMus (Hons) Pro­fes­sional Mu­sic.

the BMus pro­gramme is holis­tic as it fo­cuses on the three core as­pects of a suc­cess­ful mu­si­cian – per­for­mance, writ­ing and pro­duc­tion.

the pro­gramme of­fers you the op­por­tu­nity to write your songs, per­form and pro­duce them at the pro­fes­sional level.

Since the BMus is ap­proved by the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry and has re­ceived full ac­cred­i­ta­tion from the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions agency, you can ap­ply for PtPtn to ob­tain fi­nan­cial aid.

iCoM is asia’s lead­ing col­lege of con­tem­po­rary mu­sic and is lo­cated in Kuala lumpur.

it also of­fers the Berklee trans­fer Pro­gramme, which is an ex­clu­sive ar­tic­u­la­tion agree­ment with the famed Berklee Col­lege of Mu­sic.

iCoM is the only in­sti­tu­tion in asia to se­cure a full ar­tic­u­la­tion part­ner­ship with Berklee.

iCoM of­fers the diploma in Busi­ness (Mu­sic in­dus­try), a busi­ness pro­gramme that fo­cuses on the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

Stu­dents who suc­cess­fully com­plete the diploma have the op­tion to com­plete their de­gree at Univer­sity of Hert­ford­shire in Bri­tain.

For those in­ter­ested in au­dio pro­duc­tion, iCoM of­fers the Cer­tifi­cate in au­dio Pro­duc­tion, which is a one-and-a-half-year in­dus­try driven pro­gramme.

For de­tails on the BMus or other pro­grammes avail­able at iCoM, call 03-4023 6000 or e-mail ad­mis­sions@icom.

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