Trying to decide what you would like to study at university is never an easy feat. Weighing up your options and trying to commit to something can be a daunting and exhausting process. But often in life, the best route to follow is that of your passion. If you love music, a career in the music industry may be the way to go. There are many institutions in Australia that facilitate the study of every segment of the music industry from song writing to artist management. If you’re interested in studying music, but still on the fence about it, we’ve assembled a list of five benefits that come from doing a course in music.

1. You’ll Make Enough Contacts To Fill A Phone Book

One of the hardest things about getting a break in any industry, particularly music, is having the right contacts. You can have all the knowledge and skill in the world, but if you don’t have the contacts to launch your career, you will struggle to find work. Through studying music, you are given the chance to foster and nurture relationships with teachers and other people in the industry. These connections you will form will be of paramount importance upon your graduation. At The Australian Institute of Music (AIM) students work at The St. Kilda festival, and meet working industry professionals whose relationships will be valuable in the future.

2. You Will Learn From People With Experience

Though not every university has industry professionals at the helm of their classes, there are many that do. For instance, all of the teachers at AIM are working industry professionals, who have a solid grasp of the ins and outs of the music industry. They pass this invaluable on to you as a student, not just in theory, but also in practice. Without the proper guidance from someone in the know, it can be hard to know what pitfalls to avoid, or how to have a successful career in your chosen area of music. With the proper guidance, you can develop your skill set to malleable for real world application.

3. You’ll Meet Like-Minded People

Arguably, the best part of the university experience is the friends that you’ll make along the way. If you love music and decide to pursue studying it, you will met dozens of people who share you passions, and this will cause you to strike immediate and long-lasting friendships, due to your shared common ground. Equally important are the unions you will form with your fellow students, allowing you to have a support network both during your studies, and after you’ve graduated.

4. You Will Be Entirely Immersed In Music

Music may be a hobby for you if you’re pursuing it alongside a different university course, high school studies or full time work. But if you decide to study music, all of a sudden your hobby will become your life. Every day you will be thinking about music, learning about music, and developing a greater understanding of music. If you want to live and breathe something, you simply must be immersed in. By studying music, you will turn your passion into a career, and whilst you’re studying it, you will be surrounded by music at all times. This is perhaps the greatest benefit of pursuing a course in music – you can make something you love into your life.