I want to make a career in music

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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What are music and its types?


Music is a performance art created by the sounds of singer, and instruments, and covers an incredible range of styles. It can he enjoyed live or through various media forms from television and radio to the Internet. Music has always been written and performed, but it was not until the 20th century, when new technology to record and share music developed, that musicians could become global stars.

  1. DISCO: In the 1970s, pop music with a dance beat known as disco (from discotheque, a French word for nightclub) filled dance floors across the globe. Disco music topped the charts and created major stars, but faded from popularity in the 1980s.
  2. CLASSICAL: Classical music is a general name for the various types of music written to be performed in a concert hall. It may be composed for the instruments of an orchestra (either a full symphony or a small group of players), or written for a choir or opera company. The music of composers like Bach and Beethoven is still popular, centuries after it was written.
  3. MUSIC AND VISUALS: From the late 1970s, bands made short music videos to accompany and promote their songs. The arrival of music video networks and the Internet has created a huge boom in this area. The virtual band Gorillaz, who previously only existed as cartoon animations in music videos, turned the form on its head in 2005 when they performed live as a normal band.
  4. DANCE: The popularity of electronic instruments like synthesizers, and the ability to use computers to make music, led to a new generation of music written to fill the dance floors. DJs became stars, using turntables to mix live music.
  5. JAZZ: Jazz was born in early 20th century America, when elements of European music were blended with the rhythmic music brought by African slaves to the south.
  6. ROCK: In the 1940s and 50s, rock-and-roll music sprang up in the United States. It was played on electric guitars, bass guitars, and drums, and featured exciting vocals, catchy tunes, and a strong beat. This evolved into rock music, a group of many diverse styles that remains popular worldwide.
  7. POP: This type of rock music is aimed mostly at a young audience. Pop songs can be fairly simple in their structure, with lots of repetition in the lyrics, so it’s easy to sing along. Today’s major pop stars reach an international audience with their hit songs.
  8. R&B: Rhythm and blues, or R&B, music started in the United States in the 1940s, originally performed by and for a mainly African-American audience. Today’s version of the style is closely related to disco and dance music, but is smoother and features softer vocals.
  9. REGGAE: This style of music originated in Jamaica in the 1960s. It has a characteristic rhythm style and a slow and steady tempo (speed). The bass guitar keeps the rhythm and is the most prominent instrument. Reggae is associated with the Rastafarian religion.
  10. COUNTRY: Mixing the traditional music of the southern states of America with rock-and-roll and other musical styles, country music is one of the largest-selling music genres today, with major stars, huge record sales, and enormously successful tours.

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Is music always good for your sleep?

What kind of a person are you? Do you always have your earphones on while at home, listening to music whenever you get a chance? Or do you use it just to wind down at night, listening to some soothing music as you drift away to sleep. Either way, you might be disrupting your sleep patterns, especially if you tend to have earworms frequently.

What are earworms?

 Earworms correspond to catchy songs or tunes that persist in our minds long after we've finished hearing it. It is said to be an involuntary musical imagery and it often plays over and over in the person's mind. While these occur commonly to many people while awake, a recent research has tried to explore its effects on sleeping.

Sleep researcher Michael Scullin is an associate professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University in the U.S. On realising that he was waking in the middle of the night with earworms, he decided to study how music, and earworms in particular, might affect patterns of sleeping.

Survey and experiment

His study involved both a survey and a separate laboratory experiment. Over 200 participants took part in the survey, which included a series of questions on sleep quality, music listening habits, and the frequency at which a participant usually experiences an earworm, especially those around bedtime and sleep.

The lab experiment was conducted on 50 participants. The researchers tried to induce earworms and tried to figure out how it affects sleep quality. Polysomnography, a comprehensive sleep test, was used to record the participants' sleep quality.

The results from the research were contrary to popular wisdom that states that music is hypnotic and aids in sleeping. The researchers came to the conclusion that people who caught an earworm not only had difficulties in falling asleep, but also had more night-time awakenings and spent a larger share of time in light stages of sleeping.

What's more, the study showed that individuals who listened to music more often through the course of the day experienced persistent earworms and also a decline in sleep quality.

Write before you sleep

Apart from moderating music listening and taking the occasional breaks, Scullin suggests staying away from demanding activities for the brain (such as watching television, playing video games) near bedtime. Just spending five to 10 minutes of your time by putting down your thoughts or writing a to-do list before going to bed would not only help you sleep faster and better. but also help offload worrying thoughts.

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Have you heard of Las Ketchup? What is it famous for?

It is a Spanish girl group, famous for the 2002 hit single “The Ketchup Song”

‘The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)’ was the stunning debut single by Spanish pop group Las Ketchup, taken from their debut studio album Hijas del Tomate (2002). The band seemed primed and ready to be one-hit-wonders, with all their tomato themed imagery lining up perfectly. The song was released on 10 June 2002, and became an international hit later that year.

In addition to the original Spanish version, the song exists in forms with Spanglish and Portuguese verses, although the nonsensical chorus is identical in all three versions. Nonsensical… or satanic. 

To the common ear, the song tells the story of a travelling man with mystical qualities, which heavily references ‘Rapper’s Delight’. However, after its release, the song became controversial due to conspiracy theories that the lyrics were cryptic references to Satanism, the devil, Hell, and a whole smorgasbord of other excitingly evil things.


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Which is the second top-selling music artist?

Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American singer and songwriter. His integration of rock and pop elements into the country genre has earned him popularity, particularly in the United States with success on the country music single and album charts, multi-platinum recordings and record-breaking live performances, while also crossing over into the mainstream pop arena.

Brooks is one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold more than 170 million records. As of 2020, according to the RIAA, he is the best-selling solo albums artist in the United States with 156 million domestic units sold, ahead of Elvis Presley, and is second only to The Beatles in total album sales overall. Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 21, 2012, having been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame the year before. He was also inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2016 with his studio musicians, The G-Men. On March 4, 2020, Brooks received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. At age 58, he is the youngest recipient of the award.

Brooks has won a record 22 Academy of Country Music Awards and received a total of 47 overall nominations. His 13 Grammy Award nominations have resulted in 2 awards won, along with Billboard Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and many others. Brooks' work has earned awards and nominations in television and film as well, including the Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2010, he was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.


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