Music Career Services West Des Moines IA

The music industry is extremely diverse and there are many different job opportunities for people interested in music careers. The possibilities are endless. The best part is you don’t have to be a vocalist or play an instrument because there are many other music related jobs such as DJ’s, music manager, sound technicians, music agents, publicists, journalists, producers and more. All you need is a creative passion and appreciation for music. Listed below you will find local music resources and career services around West Des Moines that can help you get your foot in the door. There will always be a need for singers, keyboardists, guitarists, bass players, drummers, music teachers and other music jobs. Take advantage of the available resources and do something about it.

Communications Workers Of America
(515) 278-5551
6200 Aurora Ave Ste 101e
Des Moines, IA
 
Des Moines B M C American Postal Workers Union
(515) 276-5272
5806 Meredith Dr Ste D
Des Moines, IA
 
Construction Update Plan Room Network
(515) 288-8904
221 Park St
Des Moines, IA
 
International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers Local 55
(515) 265-6193
1435 Ne 54th Ave Ste A
Des Moines, IA
 
Des Moines Area Local American Postal Workers Union Af
(515) 265-7371
1200 E Euclid Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
Nanny 2 Shoe's
(515) 279-6800
520 42nd St # 100
Des Moines, IA

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Employment Cost Solutions
(515) 254-1726
3839 Merle Hay Rd Ste 265
Des Moines, IA
 
Des Moines Workforce Development Center
(515) 281-9619
430 E. Grand Ave.
Moines, IA
 
Asbestos Workers Local 74
(515) 265-4274
1501 E Aurora Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
Bricklayers Allied Craftworkers Local 3 Iowa
(515) 262-7445
2425 Delaware Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
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Tracy Martin: Know Your Keys to Launch Your Career

When you see Tracy Martin, it’s easy to be struck by her stunning beauty and funky style. But when you hear her play, you’ll know that behind that beautiful smile lies a monster musician with the chops and talent to do whatever she sets her mind to. Her first gig was with Christian group Soulace in 2007, and since April 2009, she’s been playing keys with R&B superstar Musiq Soulchild. Growing up, Martin honed her prodigious musical skills through gospel music, playing drums and keyboards in and out of church in her native Atlanta, and playing trombone with her high school marching band. Though she learned to read music, she developed her ear as well, the combination of the two proving invaluable.

“I’ve always had a good work ethic when it came to learning songs,” says Martin. “Moreover, I’ve always been a stickler for learning the record as-is. I think the most important thing was making sure I was on top of all my keys. I never wanted to be handicapped by the transpose button, and had too much pride to use it. In return, having learned my keys fluently prepared me to go into more demanding situations, such as the artist wanting to change the original key to one more comfortable to their voice and me not having to fumble through the key of their choosing. Also, it just sounded good that this teenage girl could play in all her keys.”

As her Soulace gig ran its course, she began touring with other wellknown gospel artists such as Sonya McGuire and Friends, Ricky Dillard and Wanda Nero Butler. Her networking around Atlanta led her to a friendship with drummer Stanley Ingram, who was the first to inform her that Musiq was looking for an all-female band. Eager to reach out, Martin wrote to Musiq via his MySpace page and got an immediate response from his assistant Donnita Hathaway (who happens to be the daughter of legendary soul keyboardist artist Donny Hathaway). Martin got to audition, but didn’t get the gig right away. She did keep in touch and after a few casual hangs, invited the band to one of her own gigs where they could see her in her element. “I believe that’s what sealed the deal for me,” says Martin. “The ladies had a chance to assess me on a general level, and onstage, all in a matter of two weeks.”

In April 2009, Martin got the call to join Musiq on the Playing It Cool tour with Anthony Hamilton. Though they were promoting Musiq’s On My Radio album, Martin began working in the recording studio on newer material. “Along the way I’ve had several opportunities to go into the studio with Musiq and be creative for his artists, for other famous artists, and even for him on his latest album, which is huge,” says Martin. But learning the parts from previous albums was where her earlier preparation came into play and gave her a comfort level on the job.

“To my advantage is a highly trained ear and my almost fetishistic discipline to learn the record as it is,” says Martin. “It hasn’t been hard to learn different parts to the song...

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