Pursuing a career in music is one of the most challenging and satisfying things you can do. Because music expresses something fundamental about our humanity, it is almost impossible to make it a profession without putting heart and soul into it.
This book is a practical guide for young people who wish to build a career as a professional musician. It will help you build a realistic professional vision, support your development, and understand what it takes to make a successful career. As well as providing lots of information drawn from recent research it offers practical tools and exercises, to enable you to relate the information to your own situation, and to help realise your potential.
The book covers three main areas:
* helping you to motivate yourself, set goals, and get the most from tuition, practise and rehearsal;
* nurturing your creativity and expanding your experience and professional horizons;
* mapping out the professional landscape and outlining vital parts of getting a career started.
Readers will find it an effective tool whenever they are in search of ways to understand their experiences, solve problems or identify goals. It will be of interest to students and teachers of music in all areas of education.
... an extremely welcome addition to the literature, containing as it does a wealth of highly relevant and detailed case studies and exercises, plus inspirational ideas and sound advice. If you want to make a success of your career and your future, then this book is essential reading! -- Paul Kirkham * Managing Director, Institute of Contemporary Music Performance *
Actively choosing a career in music is, in today's fast-changing and highly competitive environment, both an incredibly difficult decision to make and yet for many aspiring and dedicated young musicians the only real career option they seriously consider. Hallam and Gaunt's impressive publication provides undoubtedly the most important contribution to the literature available to such young people at the cusp of professional training for the music industry, and should be considered an indispensable tool for individuals, music teachers, schools and entrants to further and higher education programmes of music education and training alike. Its practical exercises and pragmatic advice - not least the opening guidance on the use of the book - as well as the gateway it provides to a host of other related literature, provide an exemplary tool that supports the development of a host of vital skills, both transferable to other walks of life and invaluable to a lifelong career in music. An outstanding achievement. -- Dr Claire Mera-Nelson * Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance *
Hallam and Gaunt present accessible, down-to-earth guidance to (primarily classical) musicians as they prepare for a career, spanning the sometimes bewildering breadth and depth and rates of change of contemporary musical life. Rich examples, reflections, quotes and exercises give the volume real-world currency for advanced music learners. Preparing for success is a valuable contribution to an emerging body of literature that brings home the idea that it takes more than a focus on playing well to become a music professional in the twenty-first century. -- Professor Huib Schippers * Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University *