I'm a good singer and can play instruments like the piano and guitar. I want to make a career in music, but my parents say that I should first take up a secure career (such as medicine) and then continue with music. But I'm afraid I won't be left with enough time, as the studies and career will leave me exhausted. Please suggest some colleges/institutes in which I could pursue music as a career.
Have you had some training in playing an instrument or singing? Training under an experienced guru from childhood helps to sharpen your skills; later you can develop the instinct through talent, experience and practice.
You may go for a B.A. in Music after 10+2. During the course, students receive a thorough grounding in the core areas of practical skills, music history and analysis. They may further specialize in performance, composition, electro-acoustic music or other areas as they progress through the course.
Some of the institutes are: Bhatkhande Music Institute Deemed University, Lucknow; National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama (Sangeet Natak Academy), New Delhi; Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata; Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, Tansen Sangeet Mahavidyalaya at various places.
The life of a professional musician can appear glamorous. But when it comes to making it a profession, the jobs are highly competitive and difficult to find. It often takes the right contacts and a lot of luck to find work. You may experience a great deal of rejection and there may be periods of time when you don't work, at least as a performer.
I'm telling you this not to scare you; rather that is the reality. Breaking into this industry also requires dedication, talent and sometimes good luck. That may be the reason your parents are suggesting that you first secure yourself with a good education and career.
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