While playing the guitar may just be a hobby for some, others may wish to take their passion further by developing it into a career. If you’re a guitar enthusiast and want to live and breathe your passion, then here are 4 potential career options that you may wish to take a look at.
Train as a guitar luthier
As a passionate guitarist, the chances are that you know your instrument inside and out, why not take this skill further by training as a guitar luthier? A guitar luthier is professionally trained in the art of guitar repair and construction meaning that they typically work in a guitar repair shop, a guitar making factor or as their own independent business. Some of the jobs conducted by guitar luthiers include bringing old instruments back into a playable condition, repairing damage to the body of a guitar, cleaning guitars and building new guitars from scratch. In order to become a guitar luthier interested candidates typically attend a guitar luthier school although you can also become a guitar luthier through apprenticeships or self-education. Some skills that tend to come in handy as a guitar luthier include knowledge and experience with guitars, experience with woodworking, good communication skills and acoustic prowess.
Practice as a musician
Perhaps the most obvious career path for a passionate guitarist is as a musician, though this can be a difficult path to make profitable. There are a number of different types of musician ranging from performing in a band to joining a classical orchestra. You will probably already know the kind of music you enjoy playing which will help you to choose the musician route best for you. To start with, simply play in a way which is enjoyable for you and see if it turns out to be a profitable possibility. You may find that a music career is better suited to running alongside more financially stable career options.
Become a music teacher
A great way to put your passion for music to good use is to impart it on on others and the easiest way to do this is as a music teacher. There are various different types of music teaching options available from offering private guitar tuition through to teaching in a school at a post-secondary level and you will need various qualifications depending on which you choose to pursue. As a general rule, you will need at least a master’s degree in the field in which you are providing instruction to become a post-secondary level teacher and a degree in music is beneficial at an elementary level. For private tuition your qualification is not so necessary but can impact the fee you are able to charge your clients.
Provide music therapy
Music therapists work with patients who have behavioural or psychological disorders to help them deal with their issues or pain through the power of music. To become a music therapist you will usually need a degree in a subject such as psychology to accompany your musical ability.