DIY Musician

"If you play music with passion and love and honesty, then it will nourish your soul, heal your wounds and make your life worth living. Music is its own reward."

- Sting

The Details:

If music is the soundtrack of life, what if you wrote your own beat? Isn’t that what we are all after anyway? Perhaps this is why music has played an instrumental part of our human evolution. It is one of oldest professions in the world. There are many career paths in music that include performance and music production.

In this WorkMYX, you will nurture your love for, and understanding of, music and acquire all the skills you need to be a successful musician. Learning from leaders in the industry at Berklee and beyond, you will learn not only the fundamentals of performance, branding, and music theory, but you will also learn the entire digital production process end to end.

Why it’s hot RN

  • The music industry overall is expected to grow 1% from 2019-2029 (source:

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects jobs for music directors and composers to grow at an average rate of 6% from 2016-2026 (source:

  • Sound engineers and technicians is expected to grow 9% from 2019-2029 (source:

Influencers in the field:

Bono, Lenny Kravitz, Beyonce

Let’s talk about the $:

  • Singer/ Musician medium pay $51,000 (source:

  • Sound Engineer median pay $61,000 (source:

  • Sound mixer median pay $62,000 (source:

  • Music Producer median pay $51,000 (source:

  • Music Teacher median pay $56,300 (source:

Social impact:

High! Music is linked to reducing anxiety, depression and more. Music allows people to connect and express.



BA degree in music or music production


6-8 semesters




workmyxDIY Musician


*Skills needed to become a successful musician *Course completion certificates from top universities. Course credits can be used towards a future degree.


1 semester



workmyx: DIY Musician

1. Berklee

The DIY Musician Specialization

With social media platforms and powerful recording technology at your fingertips, it’s easier now than ever before to create music and share it with your fans. But where do you begin and how do you get started? This specialization will take you through the process of writing, recording, and producing your own music in order to gain the practical skills you need to record music within ProTools, which is the industry standard Digital Audio Workstation. You’ll also work to develop an artist identity, vision, and brand for your music and learn how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign to fund your music career.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to write song lyrics (watch out Bono!)

  • The art of music production and how to create your own music

  • Developing your brand & funding your music

2. Yale

Music and Social Action

What is a musician’s response to the condition of the world? Do musicians have an obligation and an opportunity to serve the needs of the world with their musicianship? At a time of crisis for the classical music profession, with a changing commercial landscape, a shrinking audience base, and a contraction in the number of professional orchestras, how does a young musician construct a career today? Are we looking at a dying art form or a moment of reinvigoration?

In this popular course we will develop a response to these questions, and we will explore the notion that the classical musician, the artist, is an important public figure with a critical role to play in society.

The course will include inquiry into a set of ideas in philosophy of aesthetics; a discussion about freedom, civil society, and ways that art can play a role in readying people for democracy; discussion on philosophy of education as it relates to the question of positive social change; and an exploration of musical and artistic initiatives that have been particularly focused on a positive social impact.

What you’ll learn:

  • How classical music can effect social change?

  • How music made positive change in communities around the globe

  • Explore what the field of classical music learn from other movements for social change?

  • How have educators and philosophers thought about the arts and their connection to daily contemporary life?

3. Yale

The Science of Wellbeing

In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

What You'll Learn

  • Gratitude
  • Happiness
  • Meditation
  • Savoring

This work totals 105 hours over the course of 15 weeks

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