Not everybody wins a spot on American Idol, secures the approval of Simon Cowell, and becomes an overnight sensation destined for instant fame and fortune. But that doesn't mean we don't have a great voice, high hopes, and big dreams, either.
For us, studying at recording arts schools might be the road to success in the music industry. There's even a place there for those of us who couldn't sing our way out of a paper bag.
Recording arts schools come in many forms and teach many aspects of the recording industry. Everyone who loves music and wants to be a part of this very exciting industry can benefit from this educational experience.
Traditional universities, offering their standard four-year degree programs, can serve as recording arts schools in a couple of ways. They often have music as a major within their fine arts programs and everything one could possibly think of regarding music is covered in depth.
In this setting, recording arts schools can help a person improve his or her voice so recording professionally becomes more probable. Musicians who cannot sing but love playing musical instruments also hone their skills and develop their talents in this setting.
Recording arts schools are included in the radio, TV, and film departments of many major universities. Students in these programs often develop and produce the programming for radio and TV shows broadcast right from campus.
Vocational and technical schools can also serve as recording arts schools when the technologies they present are those used in the recording industry. The electronic equipment that the recording industry relies on today can truly boggle the mind of anyone not well trained in this field.
Recording arts schools such as this are great for the techies who like working with the equipment even though they have no aspirations as a performing artist. Without the technological magic behind the scenes, many a performing artist would never get invited on stage anyway.
Enrolling in recording arts schools might not lead to a Grammy for all of us but it's likely to be a very rewarding learning experience that will win us a lucrative career working with an art form we love.