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Connect with Professionals
Student membership is often very affordable! Here are just a few benefits of joining an organization:
- Connect with performers, instrument makers, and more
- Get first notice of scholarships, competitions, and job openings
- Attend festivals and events at reduced cost
American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada
The largest musician's union in the world. Members have access to local bargaining, audition notices, insurance, and more.
Historic Brass Society
Studies early brass music, history, literature, and performance practice from Ancient Antiquity through the present.
International Trombone Association
Promotes the trombone across the world with scholarship, festivals, competitions, awards, music publishing, and more.
Browse Professional Journals
Professional journals are a great place to learn from experts about the most recent developments in your field.
Search articles online or browse the Allen Library current periodicals (near the Allen entrance). See especially:
Historic Brass Society Journal
Last Row Music
Auditions, news, reviews, and articles for brass musicians, plus a database of links to brass artists and ensembles.
Forums about gigs, events, musicians, instruments and equipment, and more.
Tuba Career Books in the Allen Library (selections)
Becoming an Orchestral Musician by
Call Number: ML3795 D28 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 2004
How to succeed in joining and surviving in an orchestra or ensemble. Includes sections on auditioning, conductors, performing philosophies, the highs and lows of performing, and more.
Private Music Lessons by
Call Number: MT1 C65 2019 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 2019
Covers setting and achieving musical goals, how to teach different types of learners, and the logistics of studio teaching.
Music Career Books in the Allen Library (selections)
Here are a few books with information for succeeding in almost any music career.
How to Make It in the New Music Business by
Call Number: ML3795 H46 2017 [Allen shelves]
A tutorial on tasks such as negotiating contracts, booking a tour, getting songs in film and TV, earning royalties, and more. Learn the tools available in today's world and how to effectively leverage them to make money.
Music Industry Forms by
Call Number: ML3790 F45 M87 [Allen shelves]
Charts, plots, diagrams, checklists, and agreements to help you clarify your work, track critical details, and maintain quality control. Includes forms for performance, touring, technology, composition, business, teaching, and more.
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