3 Things I Have Learned as a Music Director
Start writing a post
Student Life

3 Things I Have Learned as a Music Director

In my few short weeks as a music director, I've learned some key things to make me and my team successful.

5
3 Things I Have Learned as a Music Director
Julia Amato

When I first got involved with my school’s radio station, I never thought I would hold a management position. I figured I would have to be a least a junior in college in order to even be considered for a management position at WIUP FM, but here I am, with one of those positions at the start of my sophomore year. I am the music manager at WIUP FM, and I could not be more thrilled to do this. One of my biggest responsibilities is to put the music on rotation. Some others include contacting labels in order to get some CD’s sent in and to hold meetings with my team in order to find and listen to music that can be played on the airwaves. I’ve only been doing this for a few short weeks, and as cliché as it seems, I have learned a few things that apply outside of my position.

Listening to music for hours is not for everyone.

I consider myself a music geek, as in, I love listening to music. I could listen to it for hours on end, and I have it playing most hours of the day as background noise. A good chunk of the reason why I signed up for music team in my freshman year is because I wanted to discover new music, and I did. However, some people are not willing to listen to an up and coming artist that has little credibility, does not have music on every platform or has songs that are different from mainstream music. Already, my team of 11 people has lost a couple of members, but that's okay. If they were not into the team, then it is what it is. No hard feelings here.

You have to be open to everyone's opinions.

As a team, we are listening and critiquing music. Just because I may like a song and I think it will be good for rotation, does not mean my team members will too. I know this seems to be common sense, but I have to take consideration of my team. They are there to help me after all. If we are listening to a song and not one of them likes it, but I do, 9 out of 10 times I will not put it into rotation. Odds are, if they don't like it, the general population won't like it either.

There will not be good music every single week.

Sometimes music comes in that is all pretty bad. It happens, and my team and I just have to move on with it. If there is no good music, I typically will not be able to put anything in rotation, and that's just the way it is. I know it's not because I am failing at my job, or that my team is failing at their duties, neither side is to blame. I cannot help but feel like I am doing a disservice to the station, but some weeks we do no get enough music, or that we get a lot that just happens to not be radio-worthy for some reason or another.

I have only been doing this for a short period of time, and I know more lessons are going to come as the semester, and maybe years, progress. However, in my first few weeks, these lessons have opened my eyes and made me realize that it really is a team effort, and we are just a cog in the machine that makes the radio station run.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Adulting

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

933518
Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

109791
man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses
Pinterest

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lifestyle

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

56597
​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments