Here’s a question we received. It seemed like one others may have, so we’re posting our thoughts here.
So I’ve realized that I can honestly listen to music all day and be perfectly content with my life. Is there a music industry career centered around just that ? If so is a degree program as such offered at Willy P haha?
* yes this is a serious inquiry *
Q&A: Are There Any Music Jobs Where I Can Listen To Music All Day?
Actually, yes. Very hard to get those jobs. Some are called “curators” and they program music for Spotify playlists or Starbucks.
Pandora has people who work for their Music Genome Project (read about this HERE). Here’s what Pandora is specifically looking for:
The typical music analyst working on the Music Genome Project has a four-year degree in music theory, composition or performance, has passed through a selective screening process and has completed intensive training in the Music Genome’s rigorous and precise methodology. To qualify for the work, analysts must have a firm grounding in music theory, including familiarity with a wide range of styles and sounds.
Radio programmers (Program Directors, or PDs) also do listen to lots of music, but they are beholden to getting better ratings so the stations can charge higher advertising rates.
Some are DJs at parties. Read about Questlove.
No matter what, any job like that requires you to have a giant repertoire of all types of Music in your brain. So you have to be great at your hobby before you have a shot at turning it into a career.
There are no shortcuts to this dream job of yours.
For full details about the WPU Music Management Program, including courses, the minor, and our MBA, click HERE.
For full details about the WPU Pop Music Studies Program, including courses and audition requirements, click HERE.
Professor David Philp is Assistant Professor Music Management & Popular Music Studies at William Paterson University. He is the co-host of the only FREE advice college radio-based music & entertainment industry talk show in America, Music Biz 101 & More, which airs live most Wednesday nights and is available as a podcast HERE every night (days too). Your favorite professor is also co-author (with Dr. Steve Marcone) of Managing Your Band – 6th Edition. Reach him at PhilpD@wpunj.edu or find him on LinkedIn HERE.