HOW TO WRITE A CV for MUSICIANS

Introduction

It is very common for classical musicians desconozcamos the proper procedure of drafting and presentation of our curriculum.

Many times, in fact, present just a messy sheet and poor wording, which does nothing but provide poor image of our work and eventually ends “minus points” for future job opportunities (even when we send resume writers perth to press!). Moreover, a small “testament” (by extension) could scare its recipient: a CV of more than 20 sheets is not a CV … it’s a small book!

How to submit, then, a “serious” and specific curriculum that meets our interests and offer a clear, concrete and real image of our artistic and professional training?

It is obvious that the curriculum of an artist is not equal to accountant, architect or civil servant. Have different objectives , different approaches , and especially a different type of “public” or “reader” to which it is intended. When we present a CV in reality we are “selling”our work who reads it, so who would “buy” a curriculum that omits important references or academic training; that is messy, poorly drafted or written entirely in capital letters?

What is a Curriculum? What is it for?

A resume or “resume” is a document that has written about our careers, containing the most relevant of our training, experience, information and anything that might be of interest to our future employers or colleagues.The Curriculum It is almost an “advertising” tool , which serves tohighlight the value of our experience and skills . On many occasions, also writing a CV is useful to order (for ourselves) the steps taken and measured, in concrete terms, possible future goals.  

Contents

In this section you will find the most common items that can be included on a CV, but beyond the first (academic training, courses taken, etc.) none of them is essential. Moreover, this “model” is quite adaptable to each particular case (eg a CV of a professional orchestral musician will not be the same as a composer, music therapist or music teacher dedicated to teaching children). From No way this provision is mandatory text. In fact, this model can be used to sort the information, and present a curriculum drafted as a “biography” or “resume”. Each CV will be different. What we offer here is a “template” or “guide” base to help us tailor it.

?? Education:
List here venues and dates have completed the studies, degrees obtained (if any) and the place where they have carried out. If the average rating is relevant, enter it also.
According to our experience or trajectory, the list of our studies may be ordered or adapt to the position for which we are postulating, or to the skills and knowledge we want to highlight.

For this, there are some standards organization of information:

1. ascending chronological Curriculum (for those wishing to highlight their positive development)
2. Descending chronological Curriculum (to highlight recent activities)
3. Functional Curriculum (to enhance performance in several specific areas)

?? Courses and seminars conducted:
To complement the academic training courses here related to our area are indicated: “Course Name” (Professor / s, Institution), date and year.If it’s “Lectures”, indicate whether he has participated as an active student or listener. In the event that this section be very extensive, only indicate the most relevant courses and seminars. If there are other courses not directly related to music, can be grouped in a separate section called “other courses” so that “Functional Harmony” or “The piano interpretation of S. XIX” do not go above or beside “Ceremonial and Protocol “or” Event Management “.

?? Scholarships and awards won:
Ditto courses and seminars: Name or Reason Scholarship or Award institution that provides it, date, place, year.

?? Concerts performed:
In this case, it is better sort chronologically concerts. Consign also, if we acted as soloists in an orchestra, if our works have premiered, etc., and place and date.

?? Work experience:
Provide information about places, companies, theaters, institutions, schools, etc., where we worked; functions performed and working time.

?? : Composed and / or arranged Works
To this point, especially if the list is very larga- can muster a table indicating: Name of the Work, Instrumentation, Date of Composition and / or Release.

?? Index:
Indicate works and authors. If it is a very extensive repertoire, they can simply entered styles, periods or aesthetic and authors, without specifying names of works, etc.

?? Courses and seminars taught:
Course Title, Partners, institution and date. If necessary, indicate contents. In case of further material published, noted in the item “Publications”.

?? Publications:
This section may include articles, theses, essays, scores and books (enter if they participated as collaborators, co-authors or authors).
The general standard for bibliographic indication is as follows (with typography below): LAST Author, author’s name (not required this point if it’s own works). Book title. Edition number. Place of publication: Publisher, year. Number of pages. (Collection, collection number). Notes.ISBN xxxxxxxxxx.

?? Recordings:
If you have disks in the “handbook” :), this section serves to detail: name of each disk, general repertoire, date and record label. In some CV (as in we publish Musical Keys) can include links to MP3, demos, etc. Provide also in the case of having participated only as partner, guest artist, producer, sound engineer, etc.

?? Reviews:
If they do and they think fit, it is possible to cite news media reviews, provided by quoting and indicating source and date.

?? Languages:
Consign languages ​​and attainment: high, medium, basic. If there’s degree, also indicate the place and date of accreditation. In the case of singers or choral directors, specify phonetic studies, on what dates and how teachers has been completed.

?? Computers:
Ditto “Languages”. Also, if we experience is important to note managing programs related to our area, eg sound editing programs (Cakewalk, Sonar, etc.) and score editing (Sibelius, Finale, etc.).

?? Data:
This section should include all possible means of contact. plus name and address, not forgetting to include phones (home and cell), mail, means “chat” and website
also, though not at all necessary , place and date of birth, nationality, passport number, marital status, etc.
About the mail and media “chat”, it is important also open an email account more or less serious appearance: for example, the name and name or specialty always “sound” more serious than if our box isgorditobueno@nnnnn.com

Drafting

Some details that are often overlooked are the correct grammar and spelling. At this point there is no argument: lapses in this regard can jettison all the effort you’ve put into making above the CV and give a very bad image of our professional performance. If we are not sure, remember: the corrector word processors never be enough. In that case, you can consult a dictionary, and, ultimately, help. In the Journal-e “Musical Keys” often offer proofreading and editing service.

And a detail that never enough: in the written text, written entirely in capital sentences are considered “shouting” (for so they are perceived).For more information, please refer to the article “Internet Etiquette Rules”(applicable not only to the web), written by Alvaro Mendoza ( click here ).

Apart from this consideration, all text written in uppercase (or lack of writing, spelling or design ) leaves a very bad feeling of neglect, listlessness and carelessness , as if the expert had made ​​a hurry, or shortly or desire. If you do not have the necessary time, the curriculum is best left for another time, which can properly dedicate to leave well done.

Final Tips

  • Adapt the CV to our specialty (composition, performance, teaching, etc.), and each specific position in which we present the text.
  • If present paper, use one of good quality and Preserve folder (no wrinkles).
  • Caring plus the proper disposal of margins, and not abuse bold colors and underscores. If we make an informal curriculum must not fail to be minimally sober.
  • Highlighting our most relevant skills and differentiate good paragraphs.
  • Only if requested, add one (current and most serious possible) photography.
  • Check CV before turning to check for any forgotten details or oversights reinforced.
  • Check it again.
  • Check it again, just in case.
  • Well, I review it again:-)

How can we help Musical Keys to writing your CV

In this article we have offered several tips do you have proved useful?We assume that if you’ve read this far is because the topic interests you obviously:-) Once you’ve finished writing your CV, maybe you need advice with the wording, layout or design, or want to improve the text.Also (!), You probably do not know what to do with the curriculum once you have done (“Where submission, and how?”). Writing the CV on paper and also in an electronic medium (on a web page, or in PDF or Word format) can represent many advantages for broadcast, and even easier, when editing. As a tool for disseminating what better than a medium that is available 24 hours. a day, 365 days a year?

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