When I look back at the early stages of my music career and reflect upon the decisions I made in life that brought me success, I realize that the decision to enroll in the music program at The University of New Haven is the cornerstone of what I have become today. At UNH, I majored in Music and Sound Recording with a minor in Multimedia Design and I graduated with honors in 2005. I have been a member of the band I started in 2002, Shattersphere, and have released three albums through The Orchard, the largest distributor of music in the world. I was also chosen to sing the new theme song for WWE/ECW Wrestling called “Don’t Question My Heart” in August 2007.
I published two books in November 2008 called How To Rock: The Ultimate Guide To Making It Big In The Music Business and Music Theory For The Modern Rockin’ Metalhead: Write Better Songs, Right Now! Both books are for aspiring musicians looking to escalate their passion for music to a professional level.
My education at UNH was second to none. I attribute much of my successes as a songwriter and musician to the professors who were dedicated to each student’s education and success. The music program at UNH gave me the chance to experience all aspects of the music business, from theory and composition, to audio production and music law. This solid mixture of knowledge not only allowed me to improve as a songwriter and a performer, but also provided me with insight to the various sides of the business. In order to survive in the music business today, musicians need to have more than just a good understanding of music. Fortunately, UNH has one of the most unique programs in the country that provides musicians with a full spectrum of everything they need to know when they set foot into the big leagues.
UNH was more than just a classroom; my attendance gave me the opportunity to develop many long-term relationships on both a professional and personal level. From the late-night recording sessions to late-night cafeteria runs, my years spent at UNH were some of the best and most memorable of my life... and I wouldn’t change a thing. The relationships I developed and the memories that I have from my college experience will last a lifetime.
The best advice I can give to students looking to enter the music business is to get involved in the business as early as you can, in any way you can. The absolute best way to get your foot in the door in this business is to be willing to work for free. To most people, the concept of working for free is blasphemous, and it’s oftentimes hard for parents to watch their children work without getting a fair wage or a steady paycheck for their efforts. However, when you work for free, you are “working to learn” rather than “working to earn.” When you work to learn, the earn will develop from your experience, your ideas, and your partnerships.When you enter the music business, you are entering the world of entrepreneurship and stepping out of the world of steady paychecks, fair wages, and best of all, the nine-to-five monotony.
I am not implying that you will not make money, as the opposite will prove to be true with enough persistence, determination, and hard work. In the beginning of my career as a musician, I worked a day job while pursuing my passion for music (where I worked for free). Over time, my investment in “working to learn” paid off and I began to make more and more money as a professional musician until the day came where I was able to quit my day job. It didn’t take very long, as I am only 26 years old and haven’t had a “real job” in a few years. The mandatory internship that the University of New Haven has implemented into the music program gives all students a foot in the door before they graduate. Both parents and students can rest easy as students begin the journey toward their dream job before they leave college, and parents watch as their children get a head start in music careers.
The books I have recently published serve to aid future musicians and music professionals in getting the most out of the music business. How To Rock: The Ultimate Guide To Making It Big In The Music Business and Music Theory For The Modern Rockin’ Metalhead: Write Better Songs, Right Now! speak to a new generation of musicians entering a business that has undergone massive changes in recent years. It’s now more important than ever to have a well-rounded education in all aspects of the music business. I wish nothing but the best for the future graduates and their families, and I commend the University of New Haven for providing an outstanding and well-balanced music program.
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