Training and career opportunities for digital music production abound.
Dear Molly: I am currently working in a dead-end job–unless I want to become a manager, which I don’t. I am really into music and computers. While I am a pretty good guitar player, that’s not the direction I want to go. I want to learn about digital music production and topics like Internet radio. Supposing I learn enough, can I get a job doing this?
Molly says: Yes, you most certainly can get a job doing this kind of work, which is, by the way, called music production and engineering. The Berklee School of Music in Boston offers an in-depth, hands on degree program for careers in this field. You can get a lot of information about the program and related careers by visiting the School’s Web site.
You may find that training for these kinds of jobs is limited to major metropolitan areas like Boston. So, look first in the major city nearest you–schools of music such as Berklee are good bets for places to find such programs. Major cities and the surrounding areas are also where you are going to find a job.
Once you have the training, here are some of the careers you might consider: Producer, Production Assistant/Coordinator, Digital Remastering Engineer, Multimedia Developer, and on and on. To get more information on careers that involve computers and music, after you visit the Berklee site, visit the Web site of one of the biggest names in digital sound: Lucas Film Ltd., creators of the THX digital sound system. Look for information about jobs and internships with the company. Pay particular attention to the job title and requirements.
You can learn more about the technology behind the THX system by visiting the THX Web site. Look for information, too, about the THX training program.
Molly Joss also writes the monthly Career Advisor column for ComputerUser magazine. Ask a career-related question at [email protected]