Being a musician is so much more than playing notes on an instrument. Learning to pick the right instrument for you and start making music can be a life-changing experience for a lot of people. It's more than a hobby, a skill, or a talent. If you want to become a musician, you can learn to build the skills necessary to be the kind of player you want to be and make the kind of music you want to make, with practice. Those wanting to be a professional musician should take lessons with a professional instructor and practice as often as possible. Get your bachelor’s degree in music theory or music performance. Earning your undergraduate degree is a requirement if you want to become a music director or composer. Working as a professional musician requires that you have what it takes: a work ethic and the ability to work under pressure. The more people who hear your work, the more likely you are to find work. Exposure may take the form of auditions, recitals, or maybe even that campus production.