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Top 10 Best Orchestras in the World

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It was a fairly straightforward exercise to choose the top 10 best orchestras in the world. We can all agree with who should be included, but it's the order of their rankings that might lead to the most interesting conversations. At this level, the truth is all of these orchestras are perfect, so it really starts to become about their contributions, how long they've been […]

Top 10 Best Piano Players in the World

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When it comes to who to include in our top 10 best piano players in the world, I think you'll agree with who is included, both modern and a little less recent. That's a fairly objective decision to make. But it's the order of their ranking that you'll want to argue about. Obviously the skill level matters, but you might judge a certain strength as […]

Top 10 Best Keyboard Players in the World

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Choosing the top 10 best keyboard players in the world was extremely rough. There's a big risk that your own favorite won't be listed or that you don't agree with the order of our rankings. That's part of the fun! The big issue is there's so many good keyboardists that have top-level skills. So we had to dig into other aspects like creativity, playing techniques, […]

Top 10 Best Violinists of All Time

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Choosing who to include in our top 10 best violinists of all time list was easy. You'll agree with the picks, but it's the order that they appear in that might make you want to send us an argumentative email. We'll hear you out, because this is somewhat of a subjective exercise. Our choices are based entirely on skill levels and aren't restricted to the […]

Top 10 Best Flute Players in the World

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It felt pretty straight forward to decide who belongs in the top 10 best flute players in the world list. I believe most of us will agree with the choices, but where the discussion really begins is with the order in the rankings, due to the subjectivity involved. Part of the issue is, to be included the flutist had to be among the most skilled, […]

Top 10 Best Harmonica Players of All Time

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It wasn't hard to choose who to include in our best harmonica players list. Frankly, there's not that many contenders, so I'm sure we agree here. Where we could potentially argue is the order in which they appear. Here, to even make it into the list the harmonicist must have top-level skills. But then we also mixed it up a bit by considering their creativity […]

ASCAP vs. BMI: Which PRO Is Right for You?

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Performing rights organizations (PROs) exist to help musicians manage the licensing and rights to their work, so they get the royalties they are entitled to. Two of the biggest in North America are the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). If you’re a musician and looking for a PRO to license your work, how do you know which […]

What Do Ethnomusicologists Do? (Jobs, Salary, Degrees, & More)

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In this article, we’ll discuss everything there is to know about ethnomusicology and what kinds of jobs are available to those with a background in this area of study. We'll also cover the salaries and wages as well as everything involved in education to get you ready. What is Ethnomusicology? Ethnomusicology is the academic study of the socio-cultural aspects of music. In other words, ethnomusicologists […]

What Does a Music Librarian Do? (Jobs, Salary, Degree, & More)

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Here we’ll explore what music librarians do and what types of jobs are available. We'll also cover the average salary and how you can begin a career in this area of study in terms of education requirements. What is a Music Librarian? A music librarian is a person who has a broad understanding of both music and librarianship. The same way that a regular librarian […]

What Does a Music Therapist Do? (Jobs, Salary, Degree, & More)

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Unlike other careers in music, music therapy doesn’t involve recording soundtracks for films or perfecting the acoustics in a theater. Instead, music therapy requires you to work one-on-one or in small groups to facilitate therapy that helps people heal and recover. Ready to learn more about music therapy, including how to become a music therapist and what degree you need to make it happen? Read […]

What is a Sound Technician? (Jobs, Salary, Degrees, & More)

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While the job title of sound technician sounds a bit stuffy, it’s a more colorful career than you might assume with plenty of challenges, creativity, technical know-how, and opportunity for advancement. Many sound tech job duties are similar to those of the one-man recording artist, making this career path a desirable and lucrative one for many music enthusiasts. Here we’ll cover what a sound technician […]

Top 10 Best Movie Scores of All Time

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Like everything, boiling it down to the top 10 best movie scores of all time requires a balance between objectivity and subjectivity. There are some that are clearly better than others, but our own tastes come into play as well. It can't simply be that the music is good. It has to create an effective atmosphere for the movie scenes, emitting the right emotions for […]

Top 10 Best-Selling Albums of All Time

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This list of the best-selling albums of all time has more to it than you'd might think. Record labels and artists often post much higher claimed sales than can be certified by companies like Nielsen SoundScan and the RIAA. If those claimed sales aren't even remotely similar to those collected by the certification-awarding companies, they weren't included. There's also situations where double-length albums count as […]

Top 10 Best Movie Soundtracks of All Time

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Choosing the best movie soundtracks of all time was a hard task, so we developed a system to help us score them. First and foremost, they had to easily come to mind. If you have to go searching for what to include, then that doesn't deserve a slot. We then combined a few factors. One was that the songs themselves had to be great in […]

Top 10 Best Music Documentaries of All Time

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It was a challenge to choose the top 10 best music documentaries of all time, but we got it done. While there are many worth seeing, these represent the cream of the crop and the recommended place to start viewing them. If you're still excited for more documentaries about music after chewing through this list, then we have a handful of runner's up and some […]

Top 10 Best Musicals of All Time

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You'd think this isn't that popular of a discussion but I can't count how many times I've argued about which are the best musicals of all time. We generally all agree on the same batch, but it's the order in which they rank, particularly the top three, where the real conversation begins. As you read this list, you'll undoubtedly find some of your favorites and […]

Top 10 Best Movies About Music

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There's nothing worse than wanting to watch one of the best movies about music but all you can find is the same old films. There are so many "decent" music movies out there that the great ones can get lost in all of the noise. So what we're doing here is giving you the top 10, then five runner's up if you've seen all the […]

What Does an Audio Engineer Do, Make, & How Do I Become One?

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Don’t worry; we’ve got your back. In this article, we’ll explain in detail what an audio engineers is, how much their skills net on the market, and how you could take the first steps in becoming an audio engineer as a career. What is an Audio Engineer? Audio engineers and sound engineers are the masters of audio hardware and software that is used during the […]

The Types Of Music Majors, Degrees, & Programs in College

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The problem is that some students get confused about which types of music majors or degrees to pick and which one will best prepare them for their desired career. Music majors and degree options vary from one university or college to the next. While some are quite general, others are highly specialized. You should only choose the specialized ones when you are sure of your […]

The Best Music Production Schools & Colleges to Gain True Skills

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A recording artist can only do so much to create an inspiring sound, but it’s the music producer who brings it all together and makes it harmonious. And they're skills are largely gained at one of the best music production schools in the nation. Music production is one of the most exciting career fields you can enter. The creativity and thought process involved with engineering […]

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