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In the multicultural world that we live in, there's variation in every way. Music being one of the many arts that vary amongst cultures, is something that many know of, just in different forms (http://www.essentialsofmusic.com/glossary/glossary.html). Behind every song there's a team that worked hours and days, possibly weeks in order to release it to the world. Though a song can be up to 5 minutes long, it does'nt necessarily mean that it took a simple 5 minutes to make, It's a longer process then what it seems to be. There's a song writer and the producer of the beat, together they work on the final detailing and the song is later released. Music…show more content…

Competition being your greatest problem, there can not be a limitation of style, not with the large variation of music that the public demands. What may sound good to a small group isn't guaranteed to capture the attention of the public or fit the standards of the media. (http://musicians.about.com/od/otherindustrycareers/ht/makemoneymusic.htm) With so much competition each music producer has to work harder in the beginnging, strive to be known, for not everybody will be comming to your door asking you to work for them. Publicity is what you need to apply your career to the real world. Every artist has a starting point an influence. Wether it be Hip hop, country, rock, R&B, there's something to be reflected back on to give you the push and inspiration needed for you to set your own standards. The school that I see myself attending for the music production career is Full Sail University (http://www.fullsail.edu/degrees/music-business-bachelors). Though when I first heard of this school in a commercial, it didnt catch my attention because it didnt emphasize the career of my choice causing me to set Full Sail aside. Later on, my teacher brought a guest speaker from Full Sail and I took advantage, asking questions and taking notes on what was said about music production, Full Sail gained my full attention for the main fact that its a hands on experience and what better way of learning then experimenting at your own interest for discoveries. Before even

Many students considering careers in recording engineering might be interested in pursuing a career as a music producer. A music producer’s job is to oversee the creation of music. Some music producers work for record labels, while others produce sounds for movies, television, music videos, commercials, or video games. Becoming a music producer often requires skills in arranging, composing, songwriting, or playing a musical instrument. A music producer has to have a good ear for music in order to make the necessary adjustments to ensure a project’s marketability. Becoming a music producer can mean discovering and aiding new talent in their success. If not for producer George Martin, The Beatles may never have had their big break. Before Martin, they had already been turned down by three different record labels.

Required Skills

The music producer has many responsibilities, including helping to select songs, contracting with session players, selecting the studio and engineers, booking studio time and overseeing the recording budget. Becoming a music producer requires musical skills and performance experience, as well as a thorough knowledge of musical genres, and music and sound production in a recording studio. A future music producer may start out with a love of music and a skill in some kind of musical performance, but he or she will need to develop other skills in order to make it as a music producer. A music producer must understand songwriting, how music and sound production works, how to set up and operate audio equipment, and the roles of the engineers and others who work to produce recordings. Music producers may also need to help the audio engineers in the mixing, mastering and recording process. Becoming a music producer requires an understanding of how the recording industry works, including the legal and business aspects. Music producers must also be familiar with the current digital equipment and computer software used in the creation of music.

Required Education

Becoming a music producer requires education, training, and experience working in the recording industry. In addition to a degree in music production, music business, or recording engineering, students interested in becoming a music producer should consider studying any of the following subjects:

  • Musical history and theory
  • Composition
  • Songwriting
  • Ear training
  • Copyright law
  • Artist and product management
  • Music publishing and distribution
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Finance and accounting
  • Entrepreneurship

How to Begin

Often, music producers start their careers as sound engineers. Sound engineering doesn’t require a college degree, but courses in subjects such as sound and music production as well as the use of recording equipment are useful in this field. In order to move up in the business, hard work, skill, and a certain amount of luck are required. Making connections with as many people in the business as possible is always a good idea. Consider branching out; many music producers make a career producing for movies, television shows, music videos, advertising, or video games. Be flexible and willing to perform many duties until you’ve established yourself as a music producer.

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Jennifer is the Director of Financial Services at Envisage International. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Florida where she holds a Masters in International Business and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. She has lived and worked abroad in Chile, Costa Rica and London, and traveled extensively in South America, Europe and Asia.

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