How to Grow as a Musician: What All Musicians Must Know to Succeed

How to Grow as a Musician: What All Musicians Must Know to Succeed

by Sheila E. Anderson

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A Friendly Guide to Launching and Maintaining Your Musical Career

It’s tough to make a living from one’s love of music, but Sheila E. Anderson shows readers how to do just that in How to Grow as a Musician. This encouraging yet realistic guide covers everything from developing and learning one’s craft to managing the business aspects of a musical career. This second edition expands on performance tips, self-promotion tactics, and steps to improve one’s networking skills to make fruitful connections. Anderson shares her insights as well as practical advice from successful musicians and other industry professionals on topics such as:
  • Composing and recording
  • Understanding and negotiating contracts
  • Putting on a performance
  • Getting and keeping gigs
  • Utilizing social media
  • And more

How to Grow as a Musician is packed with candid views on everything from overcoming failure to the art of writing a song to doing that all-important ego check. Whether they’re just getting started or have been in the business for years, all musicians will reap the rewards of this thoughtful career guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621537168
Publisher: Allworth
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,238,103
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sheila E. Anderson is an on-air personality on WBGO, Newark, 88.3 FM—the most popular jazz station in the country—and hosts Weekend Jazz After Hours, Salon Sessions, and the Sunday Night Music Mix. She currently curates the Jazz in the Garden series for the Newark Museum and the Central Jersey Jazz Festival. Anderson graduated from Baruch College with a bachelor of arts degree in English. She lectures on jazz history and is a Columbia University Community Scholar. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Part 1 On Development as an Artist 1

Chapter 1 Getting Started 3

Chapter 2 Learning One's Craft 35

Chapter 3 Formal Education versus Learning Onstage 42

Chapter 4 What Is a Sideperson? What Is a Leader? What Is a Producer? 56

Part 2 On Composing, Arranging, and Recording 69

Chapter 5 The Art of Composition 71

Chapter 6 The Art of Arrangement 80

Chapter 7 The Purpose of Recording 84

Part 3 On Personal Growth 97

Chapter 8 Self-Assessment 99

Chapter 9 Ego Check 108

Chapter 10 Success and Failure: Have Perspective 116

Part 4 On Performance Etiquette 127

Chapter 11 Putting On a Performance 129

Chapter 12 The Dos and Don'ts of Performing 144

Chapter 13 Jam Sessions 152

Part 5 On the Business 159

Chapter 14 Self-Promotion, Presentation, and Social Media 161

Chapter 15 Getting a Job and Keeping It 177

Chapter 16 The Art of "The Hang" 190

Chapter 17 Your Money: Contracts, Royalties, and Streaming 196

Chapter 18 Do You Need a Manager? An Agent? 208

Part 6 The Empty-Vessel Theory 215

Chapter 19 Ancestors: So Past, So Present-Standing on Their Shoulders 217

About the Author 229

Index 231

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