How to Become a Musician or Singer


There are no postsecondary education requirements for musicians or singers that are interested in performing popular music, but many performers of classical music and Opera have a bachelor's degree. To get into a program, applicants are required to submit recordings or audition.


Undergraduate music programs teach about history and styles and methods for improving instrumental and vocal technique and musical expression. They also include voice programs that teach courses in diction and help students perform Opera in foreign languages.

Some musicians and singers continue their education by pursuing a Masters degree in fine arts or music.


Musicians and singers need extensive training to practice the acquired skills and knowledge that is necessary to interpret music at a professional level. Most have begun at an early age taking lessons and classes but they must also practice to develop their talent and technique.

Musicians and singers seek additional training through music camps or fellowships, which provide classes, lessons and performance opportunities.

Important qualities

Dedication. Auditioning for jobs can be frustrating but musicians and singers need determination and dedication, as they will receive many rejections.

Discipline. Talent is not enough and they must constantly practice and rehearse to improve style technique and performances.

Interpersonal skills. You will need to work with a variety of people so good people skills are helpful in building good working relationships.

Musical talent. You must have superior musical abilities.

Physical stamina. You must be able to play in concerts or nightclubs go on tour and endure frequent travel and irregular performance schedules.

Promotional skills. You need to have good self-promotional skills to build a fan base.


As with all occupations in which people perform you need to become better known so you can find more work easily and earn more money for each performance. Successful musicians and singers often rely on agents or managers to find them jobs, negotiate contracts, and develop their careers.