Online Music in 2016 and Beyond

guitar-upclose-bigdaddyThe music scene has changed tremendously in the past decade. We all know about the rise of Napster and music “sharing”, and eventually the rise of iTunes and the decline of record sales. It’s been a very haphazard few years for the music industry. Online music is now the major leader in all of the music industry, whether it’s audio engineering, music downloads, YouTube music videos, or the more recent online music training, everything now seems to be online.

So what is next to come for the online music scene in the next 5, 10 or 20 years? Well, no one knows for sure but we will try to make a few predictions about how we feel things are going. So bear with us as we try to tell you what online music will be like in 2016 and beyond…

Record Sales will continue to dip

With the exception of some outliers like Taylor Swift, Beyonce or Adele, record sales will essentially be a thing of the past. No one is selling enough records to really become rich like they did in the past. Famously, rapper Troy Ave sold an astounding 30 physical copies of his new CD when it dropped. 30! And he is a rather popular rapper with regular air play on terrestrial radio. This shows you that physical “CDs” are going a way of the DoDo as well. Bringing us to our next point…

Physical Copies of Music Will Disappear

Physical copies of music, like CDs, will essentially disappear. Apple’s new laptops do not even ship with a CD drive anymore, and I can’t personally remember the last time I used a CD drive except maybe for computer diagnostics (and even that is moving over to USB/thumb drives).

Everything is moving online, even things like music education and audio engineering, so this will also be the case with your classic CD’s (they will go the way of the Audio Casette).

One side note to this is the resurgence of vinyl records as being a very popular form of physical music. Our prediction is that vinyl will grow to be the top version of physical music, as CD’s disappear.

Online Music Instruction will Continue to Grow

digital musicOur last prediction is that online music instruction, like guitar lessons and piano lessons, will continue to grow and take away market share from in-person instructors. Online guitar lesson websites have grown in popularity, sites like Shredkick are now offering free versions of their lesson plans, with paid versions sharply undercutting in-person instruction.

Another very popular version of online video lessons are Skype lessons, which essentially are in-person music instruction but done over a video-call via Skype or FaceTime (or some other type of video conferencing). This puts further pressure on the class in-person instructors who now need to compete not online with video lessons, but also with other instructors in other countries or states.

Conclusion… Music isn’t going anywhere

No matter how it changes, music and music education aren’t going anywhere. It’s been cheapens and rearranged, but in it’s essence music still attracts way too many people to ever go away. For those in the business, it’s just a means of adapting and overcoming the changes that present themselves.


Composition of Music and its Art

Music is a form of art whose main medium is silence and sound. There are many elements that go into music such as pitch, rhythm, melody which is governed by the pitch of the music. The social and cultural contexts of the music are among the factors that determine the creation, significance, performance and even the definition of music. Music exists in different types and can be divided into genres and subgenres. Coming up with these categories can also be left to the liberty of an individual depending on their judgment. In many cultures, music is an important aspect of their life.

guitarCommercial and amateur musicians

There are those who can be considered as professional musicians are under employment by organizations, film production companies and music schools as well. For these people, music is what they rely on in order to make money and for their own upkeep. This means that their music is commercial and meant for business. These people who can be considered as professional musician sometimes seek contracts from firms that seek to hire such people

Music as a form of art

There are many reasons why music is performed and composed. Some of the reasons could be religious, aesthetic purposes while others are just for ceremonial purposes. When it comes to entertainment, the role of music can never be underestimated since it plays a major role in the entire industry. Some people compose and perform music as a form of their own pleasure and they don’t do it in order to make money.

Music composition

Composition is basically the creation as well as recording of music. This is done through a medium that many other people can easily understand and make interpretations such as sound and paper. Even in cases where the music is precisely notated, the performer will still need to consider so many things that affect the music. When a performer decides how the music will be performed considering that this music had previously been notated and composed is referred to as interpretation. For each performer, their interpretations can vary widely since they are all different and their understanding may be different too.

Music notation

Notation can be referred to as the written expressions of rhythms and music notes which are put down on a paper. This is done using symbols that are well known to musicians and those people who have practice and understand everything to do with music. Notation of rhythm and pitches is done when the music has been written down. This is also accompanied by instructions that elaborate how the music will be performed. Studying of how one can read these notations is a wide area which encompasses the theory of music as well as harmony and the study of the performance practice.