Pop/Rock Musicians


Education and Training Requirements

High School

High school classes that will help you become a pop or rock musician include English, which will help you hone your writing abilities; business and mathematics, which will teach you basic business principles of budgeting and managing money; and, of course, music, specifically voice or instrument training. Playing in one or more of your high school bands will give you an idea of what it is like to interact with fellow musicians as well as perform in front of an audience.

Postsecondary Training

A college education isn't necessary for becoming a pop or rock musician, but it can help you learn about music, recording, and writing. In general, you should have a background in music theory and an understanding of a variety of styles of music. Learning to play one or more instruments, such as the piano or guitar, will be especially helpful in writing songs. You can pursue this education at a community college, university, or trade school. There are a number of seminars, conferences, and workshops available that will involve you with songwriting, audio recording, and producing.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

There are no certification or licensing requirements for pop/rock musicians.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Making a living as a pop or rock musician will depend on your drive and passion as well as your talent. Training is important but the best way to get experience is to actually practice and perform.

You need to be able to work closely with other artists and to have patience with the rehearsal and recording process. You'll also need persistence to proceed with your ambitions despite rejection. It might take years to see the benefits of all your hard work so musicians must have stamina and a passion for music in their core.