Music has always been there. Go out and listen to nature and you will hear. Or take a second to pause and you will hear music in your work, in your steps, conversations. These could be rhythmic or not, rhyming or not, melodious or not but music they all are. Listen and you will hear.
This is how music is made. When you listen and try to bring it out, you create ragas, tunes, lyrics and so on. Your ancestors around the globe have done this since time immemorial. Music is history. Music is stories. Music expresses all human emotions. Do you have the urge to sing, to write a lyric or two or simply to become part of this tradition, not as a passive listener but as someone who yearns to contribute? Then you can and you will.
It is a forever evolving art form, where you combine various sounds in accordance with the elements of harmony, melody, rhythm and timbre. When it comes to the aforementioned elements, music becomes a science and a discipline as there is a conscious attempt to follow tradition or innovate upon it and make something new.
Do any or all of these statements fit you? Then you can definitely pursue Music courses.
For UG Music you must have (10 +2) qualification with a minimum passing percentage (50%). Some institutes may mandate entrance exams, but most of them do not.
For PG Music courses, you must have a Bachelor’s in Music with music as honors or as a subject. You should have a minimum passing percentage (45%). Most institutes have entrance exams, followed by interviews.
Entrance Exams for Music Courses
Common Entrance Test (CET) (These are institutional level exams conducted by various institutes UG and PG Music courses). Some of them are:
For PhD Music courses
You can also take online Music courses to develop your knowledge and skills.
Bachelor of Arts Music courses could be 3-4 years depending on the institute. Some of the main subjects are:
Berklee College of Music, Boston via Edx
Career Opportunities after Music courses
Music industry requires the following: Creativity, powerful vocals, experience, technical knowledge etc. This generates innumerous professions. You could work as an independent artist or work for a studio. Some of the top careers are as follows:
INR 6,77,105 /-
Average salary of a Composer based on experience
Experience in years
Average Base Salary p.a.
INR 3,74,217 /-
INR 5,03,835 /-
8 and above
INR 6,26,124 /-
** Source of Salary Details: Payscale, Salary Expert
Note: The salary details given above can vary depending on various factors such as skill, experience, company, location etc.
Scope after Music courses
According to IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) the global music industry in 2020, grew by 7.4% and was a whopping 21.6 billion dollars. This multi billion global industry has this immense importance because music is ingrained into our culture. Whether it be the western or the classical or the new evolving fusion music, there are no boundaries. Innovations in technology (computerised musical instruments, AI powered music platforms) are allowing the music industry to bring about new dimensions to music.
Film and music industry go hand in hand.And don’t forget the advertising industry for the government and the private sectors. So if you have the desire and some innate talent, you can nurture it and develop. Take some of the best courses (PG to music certification courses) and you are good to go!
Sony Music Entertainment
Inox Leisure Ltd.
Universal Music Entertainment
EMI Group Limited
Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt Ltd
Warner Music Group
Q: Is it possible to learn music courses for free?
A: Institutes (both in India and abroad) can give you scholarships depending on merit. Also there are music certification courses that you can take and most of them are free courses. Even the paid ones are quite affordable.
Q: What is the use of online music courses?
A: You should have a degree in music courses or have relevant experience and expertise in music. Or you can enroll in online music courses as a beginner as well. The use of the course is that it can teach you the technical skills needed in the industry.
Q: What is the duration of different music courses?
A: The duration of music courses can range from a few days to a few years. You can complete online music courses within a few months. For UG music courses, you will take 3-4 years. For PG it will be 2 years. And PhD music courses can range from 2 to even up to 10 years depending on your pace.
Q: What are the benefits of pursuing music courses?
A: First of all, this is an industry where passion is more important than financial benefits. Without passion there is no point. If you have passion and develop your talent, then the industry can lead you to a fulfilling and financially rewarding career.
Q: What are some of the best colleges for music courses in India?
A: Here is some of the top colleges for music courses in India:
Q: How much does it cost to pursue music courses?
A: There are music certification courses that you can learn for free. UG music courses can cost upto 8 to 14 lakhs respectively (in public and private colleges). For PG it is 73.9 k to 1.62 lakhs respectively (in public and private colleges). PhD courses in private colleges can take up to 4 lakhs. Diplomas range between 3-4 lakhs in both public and private institutes.