Getting into the music industry can be difficult as the jobs are often highly specific. Having a general knowledge of music usually will not be enough to land a job in a music field. However, if people are willing for further their knowledge on a branch on music, it is possible to end up working in the music industry.

Music Teacher

Being a music teacher at a high school or college level probably requires the least amount of specific knowledge. Music teachers are usually there to offer a broad range of general music knowledge to the students so that they can decide if music is a career path they would be interested in. A person interested in becoming a music teacher would have to earn a BA in a field related to music, such as music theory or music history, and then go on for their Masters in education. The job at a high school level would involve teaching students how to read music, giving a background on the famous musicians of the past, teaching students how to recognize specific elements of music such as beat, tempo, and line length, and possibly teaching students the basics of playing instruments such as the piano. At a college level, individual music classes would be more specific, requiring a professor to teach about the history of a specific musical genera, such as jazz or pop. Other classes might include subjects such as music production, song writing, and music theory. Music teachers usually make around $43,000 each year.

Musical Producer

As a musical producer, a person would work hand-in-hand with the musical artists themselves. They would oversee the recording and production and different artists' songs, making sure that the finished product is high quality and ready to be sold to the public. They have a lot of different responsibilities such as keeping the production within budget, hiring background performers that will work nicely with individual artists, and helping engineer the audio aspects. Someone interested in being a musical producer would have to obtain a degree in musical production, which is offered by many different colleges. They would have to have an excellent understanding of copyright laws so as to insure the protection of their clients' work, and having a background in entrepreneurship would be helpful as well. As an average the job pays between $37,000 and $52,000 per year.

Song Writer

For those more interested in the behind the scenes aspects of musical production, becoming a song writer is an option. Although there are no specific requirements for this job, there are several things that are highly recommended. Having a degree in English will help improve a person's writing skills, which are essential in song writing. They also have to know how to read and write music, making having a degree with a minor in music very helpful. They will have to be familiar with copyright laws to insure that their work is not stolen. The salary for this job will vary depending on how successful of a song writer a person becomes. The more songs they are able to sell, the more they will make.