Music is a beautiful form of art, and you don't need to be a musician to appreciate it. There are many ways to build a career around music that don't require you to play for an audience or perfect your vocals.
If you want to surround yourself with music, choose a career that allows you to explore some of the lesser-known avenues into the music industry. Here are eight potential paths for music lovers.
1. Music teacher
If you have musical skills, don't conceal them; share them with aspiring students. You can teach young minds the fundamentals of music and inspire them to develop their own talents. You can work for a school or academy, or hold your own classes and programs independently. Whether you specialize with a specific instrument or focus on music as a whole, you'll likely find joy in spreading your expertise.
Real-life success story: Children's Music Academy
DJs bring parties to life, using their mastery of music and beats to entertain crowds. Working local gigs, you'll be able to add your personal touch to music and excite audiences with tunes they can dance to all night long. Not only that, you'll be able to enjoy the events you perform at, meeting new people and connecting with others that share a mutual love of the art.
Real-life success story: Alden Entertainment
3. Music therapist
Many people find music to be therapeutic, calming the mind and helping them cope with difficult situations. Music therapists work with patients to manage their stress and pain, both emotional and physical, with the power of music.
To receive your credentials, you can be certified through various music therapy programs that teach you how to apply various techniques to patients in different settings. You can conduct music therapy through a private practice or at hospitals, mental health agencies, rehab centers, daycares, nursing homes and schools, according to the American Music Therapy Association.
Real-life success story: Kimberly Sena Moore
4. Music journalist
If your passion is music but you prefer to remain behind the scenes, music journalism may be your answer. Writing for a music magazine like Rolling Stone or Billboard, you can cover concerts, profile artists and review new albums. Even if you're just freelancing or working for a small, local outlet and producing content about the local music scene, your writing can influence many readers to get more involved.
Real-life success story: Greg Kot
5. Recording engineer
As a recording engineer, you'll get the opportunity to work on the technical aspects of music. Your responsibilities could include handling production and post production, which includes recording, mixing and editing songs for albums. Some consider this to be the "dirty work" of the industry, but it's crucial to getting the finished product out to the masses.
Real-life success story: Jimmy Douglass
6. Music agent/rep
Have you ever wondered how musicians keep up with the contacts, events, social media and the thousands of opportunities offered to them each day? They do so with the help of their agents who promote their songs, albums, shows and more.
You can become a rep for a musician by working at a music marketing firm or by starting your own, handling project management, press releases, interviews and the like. You'll be responsible for managing that musician or band and their public relations campaigns.
Real-life success story: Music Consultant
Writing is a huge part of music. Each song tells a story, and the charm of words can make or break a No. 1 hit. It's not an easy field to break into, but if you have a knack for poetry, you should consider becoming a lyricist for a musician, sharing your own stories and experiences.
Real-life success story: Robert Hunter
8. Music franchise owner
If an entrepreneurial career path is more your speed, why not invest in a franchise? There are plenty of music franchises on the market like School of Rock, a program designed to guide students through their musical journey, and Music Go Round, an outlet that offers affordable equipment for musicians. You can channel your passion by promoting your authentic love of the art and support to the industry. Owning and operating a music franchise that enhances the community may be your calling.
Real-life success story: David Joseph, owner of School of Rock Chapel Hill