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Sound engineers don’t work with music, so why should they know music theory?

Howdy SEA fans welcome to another tiptuesday blog post and today we are discussing whether the knowledge of music is advantageous in the professional life of a Sound Engineer or the Sound Engineering career being a technical one, whether one can ignore it completely.

In our previous post, we shared tips on performing Soundcheck in front of an audience and it has received an overwhelming response from the readers and got good reviews as well and today topic is a bit controversial.

In the training as a sound engineer, the point of music theory still plays a pivotal role.

But is the knowledge of reading, rhythm and functional theory important for a technically focused profession like the sound engineer?

What do you think?

If you look at the curriculum of educational institutions offering sound engineering courses like ours (Sound Engineering Academy) it becomes clear that you cannot do without music theory here.

Of course one cannot only consider technical but also artistic aspects of the recording line as the person responsible for sound. There are certain elements of music theory that are worth knowing about like to know about the song structure is quite important it will, in turn, help you navigate your way through a song.

According to many audio professionals who consider the knowledge in music as beneficial has got the opinion that those who know music has got more career options than others.

But there is a big question that how much music theory is needed even though music theory is an optional extra?

Sound Engineers have contrasting perspective on whether to know it or not and today we are discussing the advantages and disadvantages of a Sound Engineer who knows Music Theory and we would like to hear your opinion as comments below.

Pro-Arguments
For the knowledge of notes, bar, rhythm, and melody in the sound engineer training can quickly find arguments.

Working with sheet material trains the ear. And at the latest when it comes to the hearing of four sounds, it shows how well the ears were trained. This is undoubtedly also an important point for sound engineers. Beyond the mere reading of notes and the understanding of musical contexts, sound engineers also get a feel for the differentiation of instrument sounds, for example when they get insight into topics such as orchestration and instrumentation in their training. Last but not least, knowledge of music also enables better communication with the musicians who should be the stars in the studio and on stage.

Contra Arguments
But there is also something against the necessity of knowledge of notes.

After all, sound engineers can use their equipment quite well without any knowledge of music theory. And from the perspective of sound engineers, ignorance can also have advantages. Thus, in practice, they can not and need not participate in detail in discussions that have nothing to do with sound engineering, once it is clear that this is not their “construction site”.

And from a musician’s perspective, this point can be an advantage. If a sound engineer does not get along with music theory, he can talk less into the performance of the artist. The music is then the matter of the musicians, the technique of the technician.

Reality & Opinions
As a musician, did you have good or bad experiences with sound engineers who had particularly good or particularly bad knowledge of music theory?
Or maybe you’re a sound engineer yourself, and knowledge of notes helped you with a job?
Which was that and how did your knowledge bring you benefits?

Yes, your opinion matters. Share it with us as a comment below

Happy Sound Engineering.

sound engineering career

So you love music and wants to develop a career in the music industry.

In today’s world, as a person with interest in music, singing is not the only career option.

With the advancement of technology career options has got diversified for those who have got interest in music to pursue a career in the same.

Other than singing the first thing that enthuse a music lover / a singer is music direction.


Music Direction
Earlier, musicians had little chance of starting their music career if they did not have a record contract in their pockets, or at least had the appropriate contacts.

So it was for many, that they regularly write labels and partly had to perform as many performances as possible, always in the hope of being discovered somewhere. Today the situation looks different.

Not least thanks to the Internet, musicians and bands have the opportunity to take care of their own career and create the breakthrough even without the support of a label.

Of course, the perceived reality with regard to a career in music direction appears too difficult / insecure and it requires a lot of work and commitment to take care of itself to achieve a certain level of recognition.

In order to become a successful “star” in the field of music direction you should possess sheer musical brilliance to entertain the mass.

Apart from that you need to have appropriate contacts within the music and film industry to receive new projects.


Audio Engineer
Sound Engineering Academy is the optimal place to combine your interest in music with audio engineering studies.

As an institute offering audio engineering courses one of the common question that candidates asks during selection process is do we need musical background to become a successful sound engineer. In-fact there no need to have musical background to become sound engineer as audio engineers specifically deal with the technical and the mechanical aspects of music.

As you know sound engineering has got different career options to choose from like in live sound or in studio.

If you are thinking about becoming a recording engineer, mix engineer, re-recordist, broadcast engineer or sound effects editor it is an added value to have an interest in music, sound, creative arts etc.

Moreover your interest / knowledge in the field of music will help you in finding a suitable job in the field in short span of time than others.

Inorder to become a Sound Engineer one has to undergo professional training in the field and with a 1 year course from institute like Sound Engineering Academy can help you to achieve the same.

The 1 year Diploma in Sound Engineering and Sound Recording can be pursued by those who have a basic qualification of 10+2. Students from any stream whether having science background or from people with commerce or humanities background can join the course. Besides that the course has been designed in such a way that those with no background in engineering or sound engineering can become a professional sound engineer after the course completion.

Find the details of professionals who have already working in the field of Sound Engineering after completing the diploma course form the academy and list is still getting updated every week.


Artist Manger
One can imagine the situation in such a way that musicians are mainly interested in music and are often not so concerned about the business aspects of the music industry. And this is where the manager’s role is set. The manager is the business department of the artist. This means that he gets the best deal for the artists in negotiations and contract closures.

An artist manager is mostly involved in the artist’s revenue pro-rata. Forty percent of the revenue is more the rule than the rarity. As a good and capable manager, it is quite possible to become (almost) as rich as the artist without having to accept the fame of the media and fans.

If you want to be a manager, you should be very familiar with the subject area. As a manager in the music industry, you should be familiar with all the usual rules for remuneration and salary. You should also be very well acquainted with the music industry and have a versatile network. In order to become known, it is indispensable to build up references and shine through loyalty and professionalism.

In addition to their knowledge of the processes within the music industry, music managers should be very well versed in the commercial sphere and in the negotiation skills. There is no special training for the profession of music manager.

With smaller and medium-sized bands with a manageable framework of business activity, a manager is almost never worthwhile. While it may be extremely prestigious to refer to its manager at any time, it must also be taken into account that a manager who understands his craft also costs accordingly.

Music Journalist / Critic
If you posses writing skills and a basic knowledge in the field of music then you can become a Music Journalist.

Music journalism is a form of cultural journalism in which the journalists report on music news, interview musicians, review albums and concerts who spends most of his time behind a computer, researching and writing stories.

Many publications whether it is new papers / magazines they do have a column for entertainment and they need to have in-depth articles on music industry. As a person with interest in music and singing you can pursue a long-term career in the field.


Teaching
Other than singing and music direction the most sought after career in music is Teaching.

Skilled musicians encounter opportunities to teach music privately and at private music schools.

Becoming a music teacher help you in brushing up your own skills and can be guide to next generation of musicians.

In order to be a teacher, basic knowledge in field is not enough; you must possess a valid degree in music.

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