Unfortunately, cost is a significant barrier for people who want to further their education. In fact, many people never go to college or university, simply because they cannot afford it. There are solutions out there, such as financial aid (for those who qualify) and scholarships, but these are competitive and hard to get. The reality is that, in order to complete a degree, you are likely to have to invest quite significantly in yourself and end up with student debt. Because of this, most people who do go to college or university choose a program that is most likely to get them a good career, but that is perhaps not the career in which their passion lies. If they want to go to music college, for instance, they will be told again and again how the field of music is far too competitive, and how only the lucky few, which aren’t necessarily the talented many, will make it. This is a shame, because music is the international language and if people stop studying music because of financial barriers, the world will become a quieter, more boring place.
Careers in Music
People seem to forget that music is about so much more than performance. While people may dream of a career on stage and hope that they will achieve fame and glory, a degree in music will serve them well even if those dreams do not come true. For instance, they can become music teachers instead. When they finish college, they can launch their own musical career, while at the same time having the guarantee of an income through things such as private tutoring, or even working in the school where they obtained their degree in the first place.
How to Pay for College
If you have picked the college you want to go to, make sure you check their website for financial aid and scholarship. Speak to the school itself, as they will be able to provide you with more information than what is available on their website, such as how many applications they have already received, which ones are the easiest to get, and more. Plus, it is likely that there are art and music societies in your own area that are sponsoring budding musicians who want to study this field.
One example is Bel Canto, which is a society of opera singers. Another is String Magazine, where you can get funding if you study towards any type of music degree at undergraduate level. Fame is another organization, as is the John Lennon Program, which was established by Yoko Ono for those who compose music. Of course, there are requirements for these degrees, such as showing that you have a financial need, that you are committed to your education by having good grades, and more.
Too often, budding artists and musicians give up on their dreams before they even really started to try and achieve them because of perceived difficulties. In reality, however, help is out there and you only need to know where to find it.