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Can Musicians Make Great Coders?

Can Musicians Make Great Coders?

Written by wyncode on 27th March 2015, 5:53 PM

Are you a musician looking to transfer your creative skillsets into a new and exciting career?

Perhaps a career in coding is for you!

We believe that anyone can learn to code no matter your background. As long as you have a strong desire and are willing to put in the time you can learn the art of coding.
However, certain skillsets and backgrounds do seem to give some new coders advantages when they make the transition into coding. We’ve noticed that musicians generally tend to adapt pretty well to the rigors of coding.

Let’s explore some possible reasons why.

Mental Acuity

One of the main requirements of being a successful coder is the ability to interpret information logically and apply it in a way that produces results. Musicians apply this same process to creating and performing music. Whether they’re playing a piano, a violin, or any other instrument a musician’s ability to direct and control their instrument impacts the quality of the music they produce. This is similar to coding. As a coder you need to have a highly developed ability to ‘interact’ and ‘direct’ the computer and its software in order to produce the results you desire.

Because of the complex structure found in a lot of music, musicians tend to develop a heightened ability to remember and understand vast amounts of musical variations and intricate patterns. This ability is a tremendous asset for coders who need to be able to remember and apply sometimes-complex coding commands and logic sequences.

Dedication

Dedication is a characteristic shared by many coders and musicians. In both professions a large investment of time and energy is required to ensure improvement. As with any career a coder or musician will only get better if they truly desire to improve their skills and put in the work required.

Along with dedication, passion is a major contributor to success as a coder. Musicians typically approach their music with tremendous passion and they have to spend countless hours improving their skills. This is the same kind of approach coders must take in order to succeed. This level of work ethic can be a major asset for musicians who become passionate about coding.

Flexibility

Many musicians find that over the course of their careers they need to be flexible about the types of music they perform as a result of their audience’s shifting tastes. This ability to stay current with popular culture and trends as well as adapt their music style accordingly is essential to developing longevity in a music career.

With the constant evolution of technology and the perpetual development of coding languages it is crucial for coders to stay up to date and constantly cultivate their coding skills.

In the case of musicians it may be their fans’ shifting musical tastes that influence their own musical development. Coders, on the other hand, are influenced by technological developments. In both careers the ability to stay relevant and on the cutting edge is critical to success.

Commitment To Constant Learning

Along with great problem solving skills and having a flexible approach, coders must be willing to research information that can aid in completing their projects. By focusing on consistently learning and improving their skills coders can eventually master their art. The same is true for musicians. Without a commitment to consistent improvement a musician’s career can stagnate.

It’s possible that a musician who steps into a coding career may bring with them that same commitment to constant learning they developed as a musician. If they do they’re able to find unique ways to resolve issues and make a positive contribution to projects.

Innovation and Creativity

Creativity is a characteristic that goes hand in hand with being a great musician. Great coders also employ a certain level of creativity in their work. Though there are fundamental approaches to writing good code just as there are fundamental theories and practices for creating great music there is plenty of room for coders to add their own personal touch to projects. This type of creative freedom can be very attractive to creative types with a musical background.

How To Become A Coder if You’re a Musician

There are three paths a musician can take in order to launch a new career in coding: self-study, traditional institutions, and coding bootcamps.

Self-study is probably the most cost-effective route, but unfortunately it does have its drawbacks. Newbie coders who decide to take the self-study route find themselves without the support, direction, and feedback of seasoned coders. Job opportunities are also harder to come by as a by-product of low networking opportunities and lack of tangible study credentials.

Another option for aspiring coders is to attend a traditional institution. This course of study typically lasts from 2 to 4 years and costs anywhere from $25,000 to $90,000. Students benefit from a structured curriculum, academic staff, student community, and in-person feedback. Though graduates do end up with a degree a major drawback from attending a traditional institution apart from the cost and time factor is the heavy focus on theory over hands-on practical programming.

A third and increasingly popular option for would-be coders is to attend coding bootcamps like Wyncode Academy in Miami, FL. Wyncode’s program typically lasts from 8-12 weeks, costs $10,000 and gives students an immersive experience in hands-on coding with the most widely used programming languages.
With average job placement rates above 92% after just 2 months of its graduates matriculating, Wyncode has garnered high praise from employers and students alike. As a founding member of the White House backed, New Economy Skills Training Association (NESTA) ,Wyncode is committed to establishing best practices, setting high educational standards, and pioneering increased accountability in coding education.

For more information about Wyncode and to learn how you can attend an upcoming bootcamp please visit www.Wyncode.co.

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