I was on the phone to my agent in London last week. He said something pretty scary to me about the state of the music business. Editing his expletives, the gist was unless you’re younger than 25, you’re screwed, even in the classical music field. My outlook is a little more hopeful, but you see his predictions in the popular music business everyday. Disposable music. Disposable artists. Truly talented people will always find a way, but talent is not enough.
Of course, there is much more to becoming a professional musician than following a list, but the list below is a pretty good starting point for budding musicians. Most importantly, music chooses you, you don’t choose it.
2. Hard work
3. 10,000 hours
5. First class instrument
6. First class teacher
7. Political savvy
9. Family support
10. Hindemith’s Elementary Training treatise