Thinking Out Loud – Misconception of Music As “Easy” Job

These past couple of months, I have been wondering about the origin of this myth as music being – especially in the form of composition, songwriting, arranging, orchestrating, etc. – recognized as an “easy” job.

Without a doubt, we can take into account the climate of academic culture where more value is placed on mathematics, sciences, and language & cultural studies. That because music is “extracurricular” in the world of school, we are imbed to believe that it is extraordinary – out of the customary – of what society should deem as intelligence.

We say to others to follow your dreams, make a passion out of your skills, be successful… but we tip the scale of determining worth heavier on the ends of jobs that have a core in standard academics than artistry. That hard work has a value determined by the academic subject it is founded on.

Can a person who works 40 hours a week doing mathematics have more or less of a arduous lifestyle than a musician playing late-night gigs and freelancing other skills 24/7? I say that these cannot be sole variables in determining how “easy” a job is.

Just thinking out loud.

Author: Bryan M. Waring

Bryan Waring is a graduate of USM's School of Music with a B.M. in Performance – Composition and is now attending Belmont University for a M.M. in Commercial Media – Composition & Arranging. During his time at USM, he studied violin with Dino Liva and composition with Dr. Daniel Sonenberg, as well as has premiered several pieces during the semiannual Composer's Ensemble concert series. In 2017, Bryan was a writer for the original musical theater work of "Molded By The Flow," directed by Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert. Outside of school, Bryan has been involved with writing music for videogame developers at Portland's CI2 Lab, collaborating with the King Tide Party, and studying with Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs) in San Diego. Now living in Nashville. Along with composing, Bryan teaches music to children, receiving the Master Teacher Award for his work at ESF Camps; and does audio engineering for live ensembles. Besides talents in music, Bryan is a team-player in any competitive work environment; equipped with skills in leadership, organization, mathematics, creativity, communication, and managing. On the side, Bryan has worked as a model for several skilled artists in the New England area. Among his other accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in April 2013 with a project of building a side parking area with guide rails for Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, CT.

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