5 Classical Music Jobs For Any Classical Musician

5 Classical Music Jobs For Any Classical Musician


Hey classical musicians of YouTube! 

In today's video, we're going to talk about  

five different jobs that you can  

get in the classical music industry.  

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We're going to dive in right away,  

and what I'm going to do is state the three most obvious 

jobs that you can get in classical music.  

So, number one is to teach.  

Teaching provides a very steady income 

 if you have built a reputation in your community 

and you are a renowned name,  

you can make upwards of fifty to sixty thousand dollars a year. 

Depending on how much you charge, 

depending on your education, and etc. There are so many different 

factors that go into how much you charge for a private lesson.  

For me, I have close to thirty private students, and the range of lessons are  

thirty minutes, to one hour, or forty-five minutes.  

These all vary depending on the location and school where I'm teaching at.  

And luckily, I'm able to make a good living by teaching.  

So that is my bread and butter. And I recommend anyone who is a classical musician,  

or any other instrumentalist for that matter,  

to take up teaching to have that steady income coming your way.  

The next obvious choice is to perform.  

Performing is an essential part of being a classical musician 

because you are going to school to perform.  

And you're going to school to learn these masterworks  

and to be able to perform this masterworks.  

Also, compose and play new music.  

A common job is an orchestra job, you can get a string quartet job,  

you can be a recitalist and a soloist.  

There are many areas where you can perform and 

I encourage you to take up performing if you're not a performer.  

Try to get your feet, you know, deep into the deep end and see if you can start performing  

doing local concerts in your community.  

The third obvious way to make a living a as a classical musician is by selling recordings, by making music! 

You can put it on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora.  

You know, you can put your music on various streaming platforms. So that you can get some revenue 

on that. You can make recordings and simultaneously promote a tour with that recording.  

With that CD, with that album, that you just released.  

So, you can put those two categories together simultaneously. 

You can do step one, performing, step 2A or completely step two make an album, and step three perform with  

whatever music you recorded.  

So that way when you're selling merchandise and selling albums at performances, you can generate more revenue.  

Now let's go into the two not so obvious ways to earn a living as a classical musician.  

The first one is to start a music business.  

Wait, Eric. What do you mean by starting a music business,  

isn't teaching, isn't performing, isn't all of that a music business? 

Yes, but I'm talking about in the more literal term.  

By starting an LLC, by starting a music store, or a music rental shop, andor a sheet music store.  

Those are various ways that you can continue generating revenue. 

Or you can completely ignore the performance and the teaching side of things and just generate revenue 

by creating a sheet music store,  

or even a general music store where you can sell strings where you can sell, you know, instruments and various accessories.  

Or, if you're a violinist (or not a violinist) but you want to expand outside of your instrument,  

you can definitely start a music school and that also lies into the music business part.  

Because starting a music school in your local area can be a wonderful way to generate revenue when there is not a music school for you to compete with.  

 That is something that I encourage you to try.   

If you love classical music, or if you're not a performer and you didn't go to school for performance and you genuinely love classical music,  

then I recommend that you get a job in music administration.There are orchestras and music organizations and music non profit organizations constantly trying to find quality candidates for them to do development, fundraising, marketing. There are so many ways for you to be on the business and behind-the-scenes side of things rather than being on stage.  

There you have it! Those are five different jobs that you can get in the classical music industry. 

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