The shifting emphasis in the music profession to becoming a flexible, independent, and multi-skilled musician is something that needs to be addressed in our schools. Gone are the days where a saxophone player can just be a big band specialist. Students need to be taught to be classical, pop, rock, and jazz musicians; to be recording engineers and ensemble directors; to be graphic designers and marketing managers.
In secondary school not every student will want to go on to be a professional musician, but we do have to prepare those who do. As secondary school music educators we teach our students for 6 years, twice as long as most Australian tertiary institutions. Therefore it is the responsibility of secondary school music education, not tertiary institutions, to give future musicians the skills they require to work in the rapidly changing music industry.
Please take some time to check out some of the tips I have posted to help your music education on my blog.