Taking Your Passion for Music to the Next Level
By Mikkie Mills
There is nothing more complementary to life than music. No matter what style or genre is preferred, music helps us celebrate the good times as well as brings back memories of times gone by. For those who love of any type of music, obtaining a degree in the art form is only the beginning of a lifelong career in a field that they love. A music degree can open opportunities in teaching as well as behind the scenes in theatrical and televised productions. However, furthering their education from a simple bachelor's degree to a Master’s program can open the doors even further in a career based on one's passion.
Future Educators in Music
For one who has a love of children and music, teaching music is a great career fit. An undergraduate degree in music typically spans Kindergarten through High School; giving a music teacher a plethora of career paths to choose from within a standard school environment. Also, if so desired, a music teacher can participate in the after school musical activities; such as band, orchestra, and musical theater programs, or even conduct a choir or glee club. These opportunities allow a music teacher to stretch his or her wings bit and engage with the students in an educational style that differs from a regular classroom setting.
Advantages of a Master’s in Music
Furthering one's education for a Master’s degree in music can give a further advantage. Since there is not standardization of teaching certifications between the states; a Master's in music can help one's certification if there is a chance he or she will live in more than one state throughout his or her career. In addition, the additional education will help the individual to teach at a college level if he or she so desires. Finally, one's network of musicians will only increase while participating within a music Master’s degree program giving way to more chances for one to not only teach more people, but participate in a community of fellow music aficionados who love to practice their art. A Master's degree in music can give a music teacher even more of this opportunity. This additional degree allows for the option of teaching music after school hours, or within other areas of the community. Also, a Master's degree gives a music teacher for teaching in a college or university setting, allowing for a broader spectrum of future musicians and music lovers to be reached by his or her talents.
Using a Summer Vacation Wisely
Once the decision has been made to pursue a Master’s degree in education, one must find the time to devote to this new cause. Music teachers have the unique advantage to use their summer vacations as a way to study for this advanced education; as several colleges and universities provide summer Master’s programs for music teachers. Taking one's summer vacation to enhance their musical knowledge allows him or her to give full concentration on their studies without distraction of lesson plans and grading assignments. Summer classes can also open up a field of new members of the music lover family assisting in the increase of networking and creating a greater sense of commitment and creativity for the art of music.
Music can enhance our lives and help create a more well-rounded individual. For someone who has a natural love of music, sharing that love by teaching others is a superb way to share their passion. Obtaining a music degree, and furthermore a Master's in music, can help broaden a music lover's mind about their artistic craft. In addition, it can open up avenues of opportunity to not only continue to teach more individuals about their great love, but also to become part of a larger community of musicians and music lovers. For those who teach music because they love it, there is no better way to live.