Working in the music industry is a dream come true for a lot of people. The idea of working with Top 40 artists is glamorous but the career is farther reaching than just recording live music. Music production and engineering is one of the most popular and fastest growing programs at BEAU. Professionals in the field know that being prepared to work in all aspects of the profession make you a better job candidate and will bring more success.
“A large part of our industry serves the video and film industries, which support the video fields,” says BEAU Music Production and Engineering Program Chair Bruce Kirby. “A majority of graduates will work with supporting other media; audio for film, TV, websites and games. You’ll be more likely to get work for audio from other aspects in the industry, so individuals need to develop a diverse set of skills so they can be able to work in a wide variety of fields.”
The audio engineering program teaches students to be able to operate and run recording studios. It provides a foundation to record live music while working with video and other media. Like any other competitive market, success comes to those that are driven and willing to branch out.
“Those that have successful careers are the go-getters and have the motivation to seek employment opportunities while in school,” added Kirby. “Whether through internships or helping with local projects, it’s really important to network. I found an internship I could do while in college, proved my worth to that studio, and that became one of my first jobs.”
And when it comes time to look for full-time employment, the Salt Lake area has opportunities, but it will be beneficial to explore outside of Utah as well.
“Salt Lake does have a very good music scene,” Kirby said. “It also has a surprisingly large field for film and video that need engineers. Graduates still need to acknowledge though that other cities have an even larger need for the audio.”
The dream of working in the field can come true for those with a good ear, dedication and the right skills.