The ability to create music is dependent on one's goals and level of ability; once objectives are established, many private instructors and online resources are available to help aspiring musicians pursue singing, songwriting or instrumental endeavors. Understanding the nature of one's musical genre is important before moving forward.
Private music instruction is available in virtually every community. Lessons are commonly given to vocalists, instrumentalists and songwriters. If one-on-one lessons are too expensive, group lessons are often available at a discounted rate. Many grade schools promote band, orchestra and choir programs, and this can be another good way to learn about music composition. Online resources are also abundant. Sites such as YouTube offer thousands of tips for musicians, and many professional instructors have started using Skype to give lessons.
Understanding one's desired musical genre is important before seeking instruction. Most school music programs promote traditional repertoire before moving into contemporary fare, but private lessons offer specialized instruction in pop, rock, classical, jazz, Latin, blues and hip-hop styles. Songwriting instruction is frequently available, and many teachers also provide tutelage in music theory and composition. "School of Rock" music camps are yet another option for children and adults who want the opportunity to practice with like-minded people.