16 Ways to Stay Involved in Music and Performing


After graduating college, it can be difficult to find ways to stay involved in music, especially if you didn’t major in music. I’ve listed 16 ways to stay involved in music and performing. (In no particular order!)

1. Join a community band

2. Audition for a non-profit volunteer band/symphony/orchestra

3. Audition for a professional organization/band/group

4. Play at a church – If you do this for the holidays, you can get paid!

5. Play at weddings or other gigs

6. Teach private lessons

7. Join a local music organization and participate in the events – An example is the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia.

8. Join an instrument ensemble – This could be a flute ensemble or a brass ensemble.

9. Go to a music convention – The National Flute Association convention is in DC this year!

10. Have a recital (or host one)

11. Sight-read with friends

12. Play at open mic nights

13. Join a drum corps (DCA is all ages) or volunteer to help out – I’m biased towards the Reading Buccaneers.

14. Continue receiving private lessons

15. Join a pit orchestra

16. Volunteer for a niche ensemble – An example would be a video game/anime/cartoon orchestra that some conventions host.

What other ideas can you come up with?

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