Clamoring to be the next Mozart? That’s really a tall order; but if you are really serious about becoming a classical musician, there are many ways to achieve that lofty goal of getting to the pinnacle of musical success. Many a classical musician started out with humble beginnings. Few of them really foresaw the success coming and the legacy that they have left to many classical music aficionados. Most of them worked really hard at doing some of the following guidelines.
Of course, the main assumption as you try this craft is that you already have some talent or disposition to play an instrument competently. It will be very hard to try a hand at music if you are actually better in something else. Here are some tips to become a classical musician:
- Assess your proficiency. You can do this by getting a feel of the whole thing. Enrolling in summer camps and being initially evaluated by a singer, songwriter or piano player may also help. You will find some objective takes on your proficiency if you get the help of an expert.
- Determine your specialty instrument and play it frequently. Do you like the piano, violin or oboe? Or will it be your voice that you prefer to develop? This is the first step to becoming a classical musician. You determine what exact instrument you will devote your time to practicing. Once you are comfortable with your main instrument, you can try and add other instruments later.
- Instill discipline in your practice. The virtuosos in music know that they need to play whether or not they feel like it, usually at a fixed time during the day. Also, they take good care of their voice, hands and feet and give it the proper rest it needs to prevent abuse.
- Enroll in a course that supports the specialty of your choice (from a reputable school if at all possible). Juillard and other Conservatory of Music schools in your area are good place to inquire. Often, they will require a talent test so you also need to take that into consideration. You might need at least 5-7 years of study, depending on what you are majoring in.
- Get a tutor to help you out. A tutor will help you get polished, since corporate study techniques in the Conservatory are not enough to help you refine your craft. You need someone who can really sit beside you and do one-to-one mentoring.
- Enjoy classical music and immerse yourself in them. Frequent the music store, attend gigs of classical musicians and get to know as much as possible about classical music.
- Expand your network of contacts. Meet people. If you are a musician's friend or friend of some key person in the music industry, you will be getting valuable insider information that will not otherwise be available for you.
- As you are starting out, volunteer your services and take advantage to perform before an audience every chance you get.