Updated on Oct 31, 2019 04:12 IST
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Music is a form of art which can express any human emotion, blend with the rhythm and tune harmoniously to express the hidden talent. Since, the dawn of civilisation, music has been considered as an inborn talent of the man, which can be vocal and instrumental. Music is sung or played for self-expression, self-satisfaction, offering worship and entertaining others. The instrumental music refers to the music produced by instruments like guitar sarod, sitar, piano, keyboard, tabla, flute, violin etc. Students who wish to take up music as a career, can pursue a course in Fine Arts which can help an individual make their dreams come true. 

Music is a performing art which is widely used in drama, theatre, dancecinema etc. In India, there are several institutions which conduct undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in vocal and instrumental music. Here at Shiksha, we have tried to incorporate information about music courses in India.

Eligibility Criteria to pursue Music Course

To be eligible to pursue Music Course, the candidates are required to complete the basic course in vocal or instrumental music. There are three undergraduate programmes: BA (Hons in Music), BFA (Music) and B.PA (Music). Besides, to pursue three years’ undergraduate course, the candidate must have passed 10+2 board examination with minimum 50 per cent marks in aggregate (45% marks for reserved category candidates). Those who have appeared for 10+2 Board examination are also eligible for the course but have to submit their final mark sheet at the time of admission in the varsity. 

To pursue a postgraduate course, the candidate needs to have completed an undergraduate course in music (either vocal or instrumental). 

The eligible candidates would have to sit for a national level admission test for the purpose.

Skills required to pursue Music Course

To pursue a course in music, candidates must incline towards music. Moreover, they must have a basic knowledge of music. Interested candidates should be creative, innovative and willing to work for hours. Here, we have listed down the skills required to pursue a course in music:

Knowledge of music

Must have completed the basic course in music

Inclination for Music

Should have a special inclination towards music and can devote hours to pursue music

Creative and Innovative

Must have a creative frame of mind and can come up with new tunes

Rhythmic Sense

Should possess a sense of rhythm

Hard worker

Ability to work for hours

Team worker

Ability to work in a team

Discipline and punctuality

Should be disciplined and punctual in the professional field

Admission Procedure and Fees

The admission to the undergraduate course in music is granted based on the score in the entrance test. Most of the universities grant admission on the basis of a common entrance test. However, candidates will have to follow a procedure starting by registering and applying. The admission process commences after the publication of common entrance test results. Candidates who clear the entrance exam, will have to produce all the required documents at the time of counselling. Final admission is granted based on merit. Once all the formalities have been completed, candidates will have to pay the fees and secure admission in their desired course.

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Music Course Structure and Syllabus  

Music being a performing art requires years of rigorous training and practice. To excel in music as well as to take up music as a profession, candidates are required to acquire in-depth knowledge and hands-on training. The syllabus for a full-time undergraduate course has been tailored to disseminate knowledge and training both. The three years’ curriculum covers all the concepts and nuances of music. Candidates are also provided chances to attend seminars and workshops to hone their skills further. Here, we have tabularised the syllabus content of music in the three consecutive years:

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Appreciation of Music

Concert Singing

Laws of Acoustics

Bada Khayal and Chhota Khayal

Different Gharanas and their history

Musical Sound, Wave Motion, Frequency, Pitch and Volume

Brief history of Bharat Natya Shastra and Sangeet Ratnakar

Evolution of Notation system

Music & Literature

Classification of Music

Forms of Light Music

Place of Music in Fine Arts

Concepts of Ragas and Tala in Indian Music

History of Indian Music

Role of Music in Multi-Media

Classification of Ragas

Importance of Music Festivals/Seminars/Conferences

Taal Study

Vocal and Instrumental Music

Job and Career Scope in Music 

A degree in music course fetches a plethora of job opportunities to the candidates. Apart from being singers and instrumentalists, they can work as music composers, songwriters, music arrangers, transcriber, music sequencer, choir director, and producer etc. They may also begin a profession as music teachers and devote time in preparing young talents. As they accumulate experience, they may set up their own academy and train students. In an age of electronic media explosion, they may also take online classes to teach students.

Like any other profession, the salary of the musicians remains low at the beginning but with years it increases and may reach to Rs. 8-10 lakhs per annum. Here in the table, we have charted down the salary drawn by the musicians per annum at the initial stage of their career:  

Job Profile

Average Salary per Annum

Music Composer

Rs. 2-3 lakhs

Singer

Rs.3-3.5 lakhs

Band Leader

Rs. 2-2.5 lakhs

Lyricist

Rs. 2-3 lakhs

Sound Engineer

Rs. 2-3 lakhs

 

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M.A. In music? How can you directly do that after the 12th? First, you need to qualify B.A. In music. Bachelor of Arts in Music eligibility Higher Secondary Examination from a recognized school board. English as one of the subjects in 10+2Bachelor of Performing Arts (Music)10+2 from a recognised ...M.A. In music? How can you directly do that after the 12th? First, you need to qualify B.A. In music. Bachelor of Arts in Music eligibility
Higher Secondary Examination from a recognized school board. English as one of the subjects in 10+2
Bachelor of Performing Arts (Music)
10+2 from a recognised school board with a minimum aggregate score of 50%. Students interested in the programme must have some experience in the fine arts, such as theatre, music, or dance. Bachelor of Music
Completion of 12th grade or an equivalent qualification. Some institutes require music as one of the subjects. Some institutes require music assessment from individuals. Diploma in Music
50% in Under Graduation and 10+2 exams from a recognized board. So for B.A. In music, English is required as one subject not music in 12th. And if you want to do M.A. In music then you can't apply without B.A. In music.

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I think you asked this question many times ago. This is so confusing as these all streams are so different you don't have to go every subject in one college so decide what you want on basis of your interest and to go further as your career.

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