The Search For The Perfect Music Business School

So So you’re on a search for the perfect music business school? Before anything else, let me spoil things for you by saying there is no one perfect school. Everyone has their own needs and wants from a school, so to go look for that one perfect school would be a fruitless endeavor. What’s perfect for some, may not be for you. That being said, there is something right for you. All it needs is a little research on your part.

The first thing you should know when searching for the perfect school (for you. Can’t stress that enough) is how to choose one.

There are many traditional courses on music business being offered by many universities, however, if you live too far from a university that offers such courses, or don’t have the funds to attend one (aside from the tuition, you’d need to spend for housing, food, and miscellaneous expenses), you might want to consider the online route.

While it’s true that in the old days online courses are considered inferior to traditional ones, these days the quality of online courses are at par, sometimes exceeding that of traditional courses.

There are several online schools available, and each have their own style of teaching. If you are looking at an online solution, the first thing you should consider is who teaches the course. Why? Because an online course taught by someone without personal knowledge and experience on the business of music is no use really. You should be looking for someone who, aside from teaching it, is part of the business himself.

But, say, you have the funds to go to university but also want to stay close to home. Which path should you take? Online or traditional?

To help you decide, here are some pros and cons of getting an online vs traditional course.

Campus Life

If you are the type who wants to meet other people and get away from home, a traditional degree is best. However, if you’d rather stay close to home – so close, you’re inside it – and prefer to avoid the chaos of campus life, online degrees are preferable.

Time Management

In university, sometimes the times of the classes are fixed by the school, and you’d have to schedule your outside life around it. While this can work for some, for others it just isn’t viable. Online courses, on the other hand, give you the freedom to schedule your classes around your personal time – basically, the opposite of traditional universities.

Money Matters

It was mentioned that traditional courses require hefty funding, aside from matriculation, you’d have to spend more on food, housing, and other miscellaneous expenses. Online degrees, on the other hand, would have you spending on your tuition and nothing more. Sure there may be extra expenses, but these are minuscule compared to traditional degrees. If you are on a budget, online degrees are the smart choice.

Quality of Education

There is a misconception that online degrees are much easier to obtain than traditional ones. Easier, in the sense of the amount of work you’d need to put in. This is false. Whether you go the traditional or online route, the amount of work needed is virtually the same. The quality of education for both are identical, unless you compare a sub-par course with a superior one (doesn’t matter if it’s online or traditional, a superior course will always trump an inferior one).

These are but a few pros and cons of online vs traditional courses. If you are on the lookout for the right school for you, it all boils down to your personal preferences. Do your research, find out everything you can about the courses you are after, and compare all to each one to help you choose the perfect music business course.

Whether you opt for online or traditional, to help get you started, check out the free Music Business video training series from James Taylor here.