Promising Career Options In The Music Industry

Music Industry Career Options

Mostly, people who want to learn to play a musical instrument or study music don’t really know which career path to take or don’t really understand the promising career options waiting for them to reach out.

With the increasing growth of interest in the music, entertainment, and education industries your future is looking bright when pursuing a professional career in music which is considered a sustainable path.

However, most parents, especially in Singapore, only know about two career options in the music industry, they are musicians and singers which leads them to become a little bit pessimistic to take their children to attend a music school.

Dear parents, please rest assured, we have compiled a list of promising career options in the music industry for your consideration below.

Top 10 Music Industry Career Options

Professional Singer or Lead Vocalist

We start with one of the most common and of course, promising music journeys in the world, a professional singer or band lead vocalist.

Why a professional singer is still a promising career option? Because of the fast-paced entertainment industry, new professional singers are needed every time and everywhere not only in Singapore.

However, singers don’t necessarily have to be international pop stars known to the entire world such as recording artist who sells millions of CDs or lead singer for a band. They too can perform at weddings and other special events. So, it can be pretty much said that there is a steady income awaiting future music students diving into the singing career.

backing vocalist as the music career option

Background Singer or Backing Vocalist

Also known as a backing vocalist or supporting singer who performs directly with a recording singer. They create harmonies in the background of a track. Perfect for those who have a deep passion for singing but are not a big fan of being in the limelight – this career still allows those to sing without all the added pressure.

However, don’t mistake it for a rather easy job. You still have to do your part in perfecting your role while on stage as your voice is just as important as the lead singer’s.

Once you are ready to take up the stage, the next thing you can do is become the lead singer.

Music Producer

Music producers are one of the complete sets of career options in the music industry where they can compose, record, and publish music made for/by bands, orchestras, and singers. Then, they will market and sell copies of the music to the public or advertising companies. It’s kind of a mix of the professional musician with marketers.

If engaging in behind-the-scenes work is something you enjoy, then you might love being a music producer because your main focus is to promote your artist to be high up in the music chart.

music producer as the music career option
dj as the music career option

DJ (Disc Jockey)

A Disc Jockey or more commonly known as a DJ, mixes and plays musical tracks in nightclubs and at festivals. You may think that the piano skills that you learned in a piano lesson in Singapore are only limited to impressing a room full of people but it doesn’t just stop there. Apply your piano skill and musical knowledge to creating rhythmic tracks which will blow your mind and others.

Many talented DJs and Music Producers nowadays are adept at playing the Piano, in fact, some famous DJs such as Jonas Blue, always feature some piano parts in their music whether during a recording session or live performance.

Songwriters and Lyricists

Maybe playing an entire music piece in front of a crowd is not really your thing and you are in love with words and writing why not consider being a songwriter or lyricist instead? Working with a talented music producer, you’ll get to put meaningful lyrics to catchy beats and compose a song.

Because they are good with words, songwriters usually able to accept another job such as a scriptwriter or even a copywriter for an online article or newspaper.

songwriter Lyricist as the music career option
music composer as the music career option

Music Composer

Music isn’t just found in your favorite song on the radio or the viral music video on Spotify, and Youtube. Remember listening to the background music in a drama series or a film that left a mark on your heart? Composers are the ones behind these mesmerizing sounds that have successfully managed to impress the audience time and time again. By learning a musical instrument or even several, you can get to compose such beautiful music as well.

Additionally, a music composer has an adept understanding of how a music producer and songwriter work so they can mix them together to create a new song or music.

Sound Designer

Maybe you’re not one to create an entire song or piece – writing or execution-wise. Even then, you are still head over heels for all the magnificent sounds that music creates. In that regard, you might want to consider being a sound designer. You are simply playing around with one or a couple of musical instruments to come up with different sounds or effects that are used for a music video, film, youtube video, or video game.

Keep in mind that learning can start at a young age, so if your kid shows a sign of interest in discovering new sounds, letting them join the drum lessons for kids in Singapore is the first step.

sound designer as the music career option
sound designer as the music career option

Studio Manager

Being in the music industry doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be part of the music creation in any way. As a studio manager, your main role is to ensure the smooth running of a recording studio. This means handling tasks like maintaining the recording studio equipment and a successful recording process without any hiccups.

A studio manager also handles the business management part where they also excel in the musical instruments retail business, therefore, your skills growth is not limited to the music industry only.

Music Arranger and Orchestrator

If you are keen on classical music then this one might be for you. The arranger and orchestrator’s job are to write musical instrument scores. This job is very important as it incorporates different musicians that need to follow written music in order to produce melodies. So teamwork is key and you have to work hand in hand with other musicians to really make it work.

orchestrator as the music career option
band manager as the music career option

Artist Representative or Manager

An artist representative or a manager works directly with the artists or bands. They ensure that artists find gigs to play at and cultivate their talent to be able to become successful performers. They handle all kinds of things from the schedule to business deals, and other stuff related to said artist. Therefore, your managerial skills will grow along with your musical knowledge.


The above 10 music career options are just the tip of the iceberg because there are plenty of other music-related jobs that can be pursued which makes a career in the music industry very promising for everyone.

Convinced to start a career in the music industry? Then, it’s time for you to choose between the guitar, drums, or piano for you to master at TMW Music School.

If you still need more info, our team is ready to help you in any way we can. Just fill in the form below and we will get back to you soon.

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