I recently posted the article Education In Music - 5 Benefits and the team's discussion on the broader issues in Podcast 207, today I am going to balance out today’s with 5 negative points. Not all educational facilities are made equal. These points are to help prospective students in the decision making process when selecting a music course/school to attend.
Not All Schools Offer A Broad Scale Of Learning
In my opinion a good music school will inspire and encourage students with a variety of music subjects by teaching lessons across a very broad scale of subjects relevant to today’s music industry. Not all schools do this. The music schools I attended for learning music production did teach me many music subjects such as music business, history, theory… a good cross section of subjects that have proved to be very useful to me today.
Real Work Experience Opportunities
There’s only so much a student can learn in the classroom. Good music schools will have strong contacts in the music industry that they can use to organise special lessons or work experience opportunities. The reality of the music industry needs to be taught to students, not just the lessons behind it.
Collaborating With Other Creative Subjects
Music courses should be able to integrate into other creative subjects within their school such as Media, Art, Drama or Dance. A lot of these subjects are industries that collaborate in the music industry. Getting experience in how to collaborate with other art forms is very important.
Out Of Date Views Of The Industry
Music Schools should be active in moving with the times. Don’t be afraid of schools that have just started a new course. Schools that launch new courses demonstrate their willingness to be up to date in their teachings.
Preparing Students For The Future
Students need to be made fully aware about the challenging creative industry’s job market that they’re about to enter. Opportunities are very difficult to come across for young graduates. Schools have a duty of care to their graduates and should be able to offer constructive advice and support in the jobs market.