Music Career Assignment
For our Music Careers Assignment, I chose instrument making and repair. I always was interested in crafting. Whenever I hear people (for example, our band) playing their instrument, I think of two hands; the hands creating that instrument from little pieces. These days with improved technology pushed actual handmade instruments away and start to produce more and more manufactured instruments. Of course not all the procedures are done by machine; even some parts are still need to be assembled by hands. Only very few instruments are crafted, and collected together all by hands. They are way more valued than manufactured instruments as they considered being scarce with high prices. I respect these craftsmen but that same respect goes to people who repair them. My instruments were never been repaired so I don’t know the feeling of having a broken instrument and get it fixed, but then I recall a excitement I get whenever something was fixed for me. For some reason, to me, the feeling was as great as getting a new stuff.
First off, I will start with makers of instruments. They Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. This includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures. Makers select the appropriate tools, machines, and materials to be used in preparation of machinery work. With advanced technology, the job can be done more accurately so the makers prefer getting a help from machines. A job as an instrument maker falls under the broader career category of machinists. Some personal qualifications are: an ability to work with people or alone, commitment to the music community, efficient work habits, problem sensitivity, manual and finger dexterity, and self-discipline. They have to be knowledgeable in mechanical, technical, design, and acoustics, also is familiar with instrument of course. In their precollege years, it is recommended to be a part of music ensemble and at least have an instrument they can play.
Music is the universal language of culture. The emotion evoked from a piece of music inspires people all over the world. Music is constantly changing with society’s views of popularity and need for betterment. For generations, music was a concept of solely vocal chants, melodies, organums, and little or no notations. Then instruments such as the rebec, pipe, and psaltery were among the first ...
Working at a local music store can be a great experience too. In collage, music degree or technical degree or certification often required; also possible to acquire skills through apprenticeships. The universities in Ontario that offers music degree are following: Wilfrid Laurier, York, Waterloo, Western, Toronto, Queen’s, and Ryerson etc. Assumed salary for instrument maker can be in wide range since the salary is equivalent to the skills you possess. Earning can be anything from $25,000 for a $150,000 plus per year. Skilled craftsmen may sell their instruments for $2,500 to $100,000 per instrument. It is very hard to be known as advanced craftsman since it takes many years of experience. Instrument makers do not have any unions they can belong to. In terms of associations, they might belong to the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the National Council of Acoustical Consultants (NCAC), The Piano Technicians’ Guild (PTG), or the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA).
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Secondly, there is instrument repairer. When an instrument is damaged or broken, it is the instrument repairer’s main responsibility to restore them. They usually specialize in a particular type of instruments like strings, pianos, organs, brass, or percussion instruments. Because they are around instruments so much, instrument repairers usually thoroughly enjoy instruments – they like to hear instruments and play instruments. It is common for many repairers to know how to play a variety of instruments, which is helpful in repairing or restoring an instrument to its original form. Like the instrument makers, they need to have an ability to work with people or alone, commitment to the music community, efficient work habits, problem sensitivity, manual and finger dexterity, and self-discipline. Makers and repairers also share ranges of knowledge they need to have but in repairer’s case, they have to be troubleshooting and critical thinking. They also need to have good musical ears and must have a total devotion to learning the skill, and showing a great deal of endurance. For education wise, one needs appropriate training in instrument technology and repair. Knowledge of woodworking and/or metalworking is also required. A good repairer knows how to play several of instruments. Due to a shortage of the repairers, salaries can be quite high. Of course, the salary amount still depends on the experience level of each of them. They might earn between $25,000 and $100,000 plus annually. If the instrument is rare or difficult to repair, one can up to $250 or more per hour. Like the makers, the repairers can join the unions that makers joined: the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the National Council of Acoustical Consultants (NCAC), the Piano Technicians’ Guild (PTG), and the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA).
If I have an extreme desire to be either maker or repairer, I better contact a manufacturer of the type of instrument I will like to work with in order to locate an apprenticeship or find an instrument repair and restoration shop to apply for a job doing anything, so I can watch, learn, and gain experience.