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Lebanon Valley College Music Students Discuss Their Internships in 2014
03.25.14 |
James Long
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You can’t experience the professional world by reading about it in a book. Internships are a valuable experience where students can learn first hand what hard work in their degree path will grant them post graduation. At Lebanon Valley College, students of every major apply the knowledge they have gathered in real-world settings to test the student’s capability to perform tasks related to their desired work field, build confidence, and log professional experience.

For music business and music recording technology majors, required internships in the field are lucrative networking and skill development opportunities. Music students conduct internships at businesses small and large, from classical music publishing companies to recording studios to artist management groups. These internships are specifically oriented for music majors and provide a key leg up when it comes time to apply for jobs. With the guidance of their professors and help from Career Services staff, students can easily find internship opportunities.

Senior music business major James Long is interning at the Harrisburg Symphony Association, a nonprofit arts administration in Harrisburg, Pa. “However confident I was before in going into music management in either the classical or the indie music scene, is nothing compared to how confident I will be after my internship. I feel like this is my last ‘gig’ before I will start my professional career in the workplace.”

Long works closely with the director of education, the director of operations, and orchestra personnel manger. He is assisting with the Harrisburg Youth Symphony Orchestra and Junior Symphony Orchestra. Using his education at LVC, he has run database updates and operations, conducted research to improve cash flows, and assisted with stage management.

“My education at LVC has been very helpful. I use a lot of what I've learned from the classes that I was enrolled in. But I also gained a lot of non-technical skills that can't be learned in the classroom, like ‘people skills’ and problem-solving, from co-curricular activities on campus,” Long said.

Senior music recording technology major Tara Lansing is working at Zing Recording Studios, a professional recording studio in Westfield, Mass. She shared some insight for incoming students interested in a degree in music recording technology.

“Prospective students should, if they have the time and money, aim as high as possible when it comes to where they want to intern. Send out as many résumés as possible so the maximum amount of locations can be chosen from so the best decision can be made. Don’t think that it is impossible to intern with the pros!”

Lansing is working with engineers that have done work on some of her favorite bands such as Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red, and A Day to Remember. She is observing, working on recording techniques such as microphone placement, and gaining a better ear for quality control in the recording process. Soon, she’ll be behind the board working with engineers she admires.

“This is definitely a good place to make network connections that could help me in the future,” she said. Lansing is one of the students who was awarded The Edward H. Arnold and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Experiential Learning Grant, which allowed her to live in Massachusetts while she is at her internship without unnecessary financial burden, allowing her to have the time to focus on learning.

Senior music recording technology major Nate Wilson is working at The Sugartank, a recording studio in Lancaster, Pa. When commenting on the translation of his studies to his internship, Wilson said, “LVC has helped me in many different aspects. Not only do you learn information you'll need for the internship, but advisors and professors help point you in the right direction of the internship you want.”

Wilson is assisting with pre-production of recording sessions, as well practicing proper setup and tear down of recording sessions. These sessions include interviews, podcasts, musical acts of bands and solo artists, and more.

“Everything I have learned at the studio I feel will be extremely useful in the future. This includes aspects from general recording knowledge all the way over to interactions with potential clients,” Wilson said.

The music industry internship program through Lebanon Valley College is an opportunity for students to learn and grow, as well as make professional connections that can be used later in life. It adds value to a degree that cannot be obtained through class or an on-campus program.

Prospective students can visit the music department to learn more about the music business and music recording technology majors. To request information regarding both programs, or to request a tour and meeting with an admission counselor or music faculty visit or call 1-866-LVC-4ADM. Auditions for admission to the music program for the LVC Class of 2018 must be completed by April 1. Click here to schedule an audition.

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