Hi everyone. I am a first-time poster here, so please go easy on me.
I have a pre-teen son who loves music and has a talent for it. He plays several instruments and sings. He has begun writing his own pop songs, and a couple of them are petty good! He enjoys messing around with GarageBand and posts cover videos to YouTube. A few of his videos have received praise from big-name pop stars.
Right now he is just having fun, but someday he'll probably want to make a career in music. He lives and breathes this stuff.
I know how hard it is to make a living as a performer. If he wants to pursue the dream, that is his choice, but I would like to encourage my son to have a practical back-up plan in case being a pop star doesn't work out.
Music teacher is one possibility.
Maybe music producer is another. But I'm not sure how practical that is. Also, I don't know how one prepares oneself for a career as a music producer.
One other question: Do music colleges, such as Berklee, like to admit kids who specialize in one instrument? Or would they be open to someone like my son? As I mentioned, he plays several instruments. He is decent at all of them but he is not incredible at any of them.
Any constructive advice/thoughts/feedback would be appreciated.