What is Music

Our country, “India” is a land of diversity. With a different culture present in every few kilometres covered by land. With each culture comes a set of music and other practices which is identical to them. As time progressed, more research was done on these and academic records were made. Today, the students of music learn this knowledge to contribute to the Vast and diverse Music Industry of India.

India, with the many languages, it comes in, also has different Film Industries which creates opportunities for these talents. Freelancing or working alongside a band is also an option for aspiring talents in the music industry.

Eligibility Criteria (UG & PG) of Music

The eligibility criteria for Music courses are simpler in comparison to other courses, but more weightage is given to the talent of the candidate amidst everything else.

Along with entrance tests and counselling sessions, some other basic qualifications are also looked at, for enrolling in music courses. These include some basic education and other norms. These are:-

For Undergraduate Music Courses

  • The candidate must have cleared 10th and +2, with a minimum aggregate of 50% or above in the latter.

  • Most of the institutes do not insist on an entrance exam. But if there is an entrance exam, the students will be selected based on a cut-off mark, which will be decided by the college.

For Postgraduate Music Courses

  • Bachelor’s degree in music or an undergraduate degree with music as honours or a subject, with a minimum aggregate of 45% or above.

  • Most of the institutes conduct an entrance exam test with a cut-off percentage.

  • The candidates who have cleared the exam are asked to attend the counselling before their selection is finalized. 

Music Entrance Exams

The selection of candidates is mostly based on merit and counselling. Some institutes prefer Entrance exams, but these are institutional level exams or CET (Common Entrance Test). This is applicable for both Under Graduate and Post Graduate courses. But students aspiring for PhD are supposed to attend the UGC-NET exam.

Common Entrance Test (CET) for Under Graduate and Post Graduate

These are MCQ type exams, curated by the employees of the college depending on the course or courses the exam is supposed to help choose candidates for.

Example: BMI University Lucknow Entrance Exam, Annamalai University Entrance Exam, BHU Performing Arts Entrance Exam, Bangalore University Entrance Exam, BHU PET, DUET, MGU CAT.

UGC-NET (University Grants Commission – National Eligibility Test) for PhD.

It is considered as the top-most entrance exam for the postgraduates. The rank obtained by a candidate in this exam is considered for many opportunities that the candidate may or may not consider.  

Scope of Music in India and Abroad

In the field of music, there are more opportunities in the private entertainment sector. These offer better pay as well as job opportunities that suit the taste of a student. Job security is purely dependent on your performance. If you have the skills, people will be willing to pay good money for your job.

In the Government sector, the job opportunities are available in AIR (All India Radio), Commission of Fine Arts, National Capital Arts, and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, Government Colleges, etc. 

Course Fees Music

Minimum Fees Maximum Fees
Private Government Private Government
1.77 K
B.A. in Music at Sri Sathguru Sangeetha Vidyalayam College of Music and Research Centre, Madurai
2.07 K
B.A.(Hons) in Music at Ram Krishna College, Madhubani
14.00 Lakhs
B.A. in Music at Whistling Woods International, Mumbai
7.50 Lakhs
B.A. in Music at Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune
1.10 K
M.Phil. in Music at Queen Mary's College, Chennai
1.36 K
M.A. in Music at Government College of Arts and Science, Aurangabad
1.62 Lakhs
M.A. in Music at Lovely Professional University, Phagwara
73.96 K
M.A. in Music at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
1.05 Lakhs
Ph.D in Music at PK University, Shivpuri
Data not available
3.88 Lakhs
Ph.D in Music at Akal College of Arts and Social Sciences, Sirmour
Data not available
8.00 K
Diploma in Music at MA Parikh Fine Arts and Arts College, Palanpur
2.58 K
Diploma in Music at Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
2.76 Lakhs
Diploma in Music at LV Prasad Film and TV Academy, Chennai
3.50 Lakhs
Diploma in Music at Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune

Course Subjects

  • Performing arts - dance, drama, theatre

Bachelor of Arts in Music or Bachelor of Music is usually a 3-year long course, but some universities are offering 4-year courses as well. The course is broken down into 2 semesters per educational year and covers the vast world of music gracefully ensuring an all-round experience for the student. Some of the subjects taught in these courses are: -

  • Khyal Form

  • Music Composition

  • History of Indian Music

  • Classification of Rag

  • Natya Shastra

  • Notation and its evolution

  • Music and its forms

  • Tal and Rag

  •  Significance of Music in religion

  • Performing Arts

  • Law of Acoustics

  • Literature and Music

  • Vocal and Instrumental

Careers in Music

Unlike many other work sectors, passion and commitment to your work are of utmost importance in a field such as this. Success can be a long shot with years of struggle which can only be traversed if you have passion for it, in your heart. Then again, there are stable job options in this field as well, which will always have your back.

Job Profiles and Top Recruiters

Radio Mirchi
Star India Private Limited
Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

Depending on several factors, there are plentiful opportunities available in the field of music. These factors are technical knowledge, experience, talent, creativity, etc. The annual salary packages can be low as a beginner, but as time progresses and if you prove your worth, this will improve. For finding success in most of these jobs a little talent, lots of hard work, and an accompaniment of capability to “Think outside the box” is a must.

Most of these jobs are fun, with the opportunity for you to explore your creative side. Some job profiles under music include: -

Job Profile

Job Description


An Artist or a Performer are people who perform music in both a recording studio and in front of a live audience and recordings.

They perform in orchestras, symphonies, tunes, bands, and other sorts of musical groups as well.

They may have multiple different roles from being a vocalist to an instrumentalist.


A composer’s duty lies in composing and coordinating music in a unique manner which is then used in different media platforms.

 The scores would have to be technically correct in order to have a flawless performance by the many performers for that piece of composition ranging from choruses to theme songs to being used by musicians and bands.

Music Director

Music Directors lead bands, for example, orchestras and choirs. They select music to perform, manage performances, and work with artists to ensure that they perform well. They lead practices and performances.

Music producers

A Music Producer will produce all of the aspects of a song to make it cohesive and convey the meaning as intended by the musicians.


A Lyrics writer is involved in the task of writing the wording and phrases of the song to be sung

Sound broadcasting

A Sound broadcaster deals with creating new sound effects and the interweaving of various genres of music based on demand for a project.

Sound Engineer

Sound technicians use technical knowledge and expertise to produce and manipulate the sound for a range of performances and recordings. 


Top Recruiters in Music Industry

Under the current conditions of the pandemic, no word of confirmation can be made on the future of this field. With no sort of public gathering being permitted and legal restrictions over the working environment, most of the works in this field have come to a halt for now. Under the current conditions, where only the essential services are being permitted to operate, such arts and industry would be at the last portion of that list.

When things start to get better, and life is back to normal we can expect some of the below companies to recruit and offer good jobs: -

  • Creative Indians

  • Amazon India Software Development Center Pvt Ltd

  • Inox Leisure Ltd

  • T-Series

  • Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt Ltd

  • Star India

  • Radio Stations

  • Orchestras and Bands

Average Salary

Music Average Salary

For an Industry as fluctuating as the music, payments are highly dependent on many variables. These variables are fame, talent, ease to work with, etc. With passion and talent in your heart, along with hard work, you should be successful in this field as well. There are some steady paying technical jobs as well, but the most rewarding ones are still not the safest. Some of these jobs are: -

Job Profile

Annual Income


Rs. 7 – 13.5 lakhs p.a. (Approx.)


Rs. 4.5 – 10.5 lakhs p.a. (Approx.)

Music Director

Rs. 7.4 - 13 lakhs p.a. (Approx.)

Music producers

Rs. 3 – 8 lakhs p.a. (Approx.)


Rs. 2 to 7 Lakhs p.a. (Approx.)

Sound broadcasting

Rs. 1.5 – 4.5 lakhs p.a. (Approx.)

Lecturer or Professor

Rs. 2.5 – 6.5 lakhs p.a. (Approx.)

Sound Engineer

Rs. 3 - 7 lakhs p.a. (Approx.)

Required Skillset for Music

With hard work and consistency, you can acquire many skills required for succeeding in music but having a tinge of talent can go a long way. Some of the skills that are required despite the ones already mentioned are:

  • Communication– This particular skill can help you connect better with your colleagues and help you build lasting relations which can go a long way in this industry.

  • Technical Knowledge– In these evolving times, where everything requires digital technology and aids, it is a basic necessity to know the technical side of music. There are many technical aspects involved with music, music production, recording, etc.

  • Discipline– More than just a skill, discipline is a quality that can be a jewel to your character. Managing your time and schedule to be punctual, while regularly meeting your deadlines is of utmost importance. 

Course Curriculum for Music

The courses on “Music” have been curated in such a way that the disciple on finishing the course will have A to Z knowledge of the basics of knowledge over which a much bigger character of music can be built. The course exposes a student to the theoretical as well as practical sides of music.

If the Undergraduate Courses in Music doesn’t satisfy your desire for knowing music, then, Postgraduate and PhD is always an option for higher studies. Such courses don’t just teach you more about music but also helps in establishing your prowess over ‘Music’.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: Which all are the leading institutions of music in India?

Answer :

Banasthali VidyapithMysore UniversityLovely Professional University, etc. are the leading institutes in the field of music.

Question: Why should someone pursue music?

Answer :

It’s not something you choose for a normal life, you do it for the love you have for music in your heart. Without passion, there will be no place for you in this field.

Question: Are higher studies in music a good option?

Answer :

Postgraduate and PhD open up new pastures for a candidate in terms of opportunity which would have otherwise been left unexplored.

Question: What are the relevant skills required by a music student?

Answer :

Being creative, curiosity about learning different music styles and the discipline to practice music through rehearsals and performances.

Question: What are the subjects being learned in a music course?

Answer :

History of music, different types of ragas, practical or theatrical performance, etc. The course covers all aspects of music, ensuring that the disciple is ready for every job related to music.

Questions related to Music

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Papeya Dubey Student Expert 13th Jun, 2021


If your query is for certificate course in performing arts - karnatak music offered by IGNOU then admission is open, and you can register at https://ignouadmission.samarth.edu.in/index.php/site/index

the eligibility criteria to pursue this course is passed 10th standard from a recognized board, the course is for a duration of six months, and the course fee is Rs 3600, you can check out the complete details at https://ignouadmission.samarth.edu.in/index.php/site/programme-detail?id=0baf0a844eaaec45073e5f35fa47fc33d7cbe2c2079c2f53d935379dc68190b31053


best career options in music field after 12th class

Subhrajit Mukherjee 25th May, 2021

After completing your class 12 the courses you can pursue for Music are:

  • B.A. (Music)
  • B.F.A. (Music)
  • B.P.A. (Music).

These courses are for Bachelors Degree course and the duration is of 3 years.

After completion of your Bachelors you can go for Higher Degree like:

  • Master’s in Music
  • M.Phil (Music)
  • Ph.D. in Music

Some of the Job descriptions you may get:

  • Music Sequencer
  • Sound designer
  • Music director
  • Music editor
  • Music supervisor
  • Music publisher
  • Music teacher
  • Music therapist
  • Studio manager
  • Instrumentalist.
  • Music Business/Management

For Diploma in Music colleges you may visit the link below:


For Degree Colleges in India you may visit:


I hope this answer helps. All the very best for your future endeavors!


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aditya 30th Apr, 2021

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the best music universities in the world?

Devraj Student Expert 17th Apr, 2021


Some of the best Music Universities in the world are the following

The Juilliard School

Berklee college of Music

Yale School of Music

New England conservatory of Music

University of Southern California Thornton school of music

The Royal Academy of Music

Royal College of Music

Curtis Institute of Music

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