A music student’s portfolio is one of the best ways to showcase their qualities as a musician. If you want to build a high quality portfolio, you need to collect a combination of material that shows your level of education, the diversity of your training, and other intangible skills that you have developed over the years.
If you are just starting out, you might wonder if building a music portfolio even makes sense. You’re thinking, “Why would anyone want to hear me at my worst?” Abandon this thought process. Starting a portfolio now instead of later does two things for you. First, it builds in the habit and thought process of creating portfolio worthy pieces. Finally nail that concerto? Put it in your portfolio. Write your first song? Put it in. The great thing about a portfolio is that you can always add new material, and subtract old material as it becomes outdated. The important part is that you are creating the work and are mindful of its existence.
Older, more experienced students may worry that it is too late to start building a high quality portfolio. This is also untrue. A good portfolio is designed to be a snapshot of the capabilities that you have developed over time. You can play pieces that you’ve played for years and add them into your portfolio. You can challenge yourself to add newer and more challenging work. This will capture your progress. The ability to make progress is what music schools, orchestras, bands are looking for. Your portfolio is like a puzzle, where each piece represents a part of the whole picture. In the way that resumes and CVs are important to traditional fields, portfolios are critical to the arts. A good music portfolio contains a variety of information to help others assess the potential of a student.
A music portfolio can consist of:
- A biography. Where are you from, what have you accomplished, what do you love to do?
- Courses that you have completed in music theory, performance, composition and history.
- Audio and video recording of solo and ensemble performances.
- Recordings of original compositions and projects.
Ultimately, your portfolio is a chance to stand out. If you want to make a positive impression and win interviews, you need to focus on building a high quality portfolio. There are several tools to collect pieces for your portfolio. At Collabra, we are creating an easy to use, beautiful and powerful music portfolio builder. This tool will allow you to capture your best work and showcase who you are to the world. We know how much time and effort it takes to become a real musician and we want to ensure that your efforts are rewarded.