In this clip from www.artistshousemusic.org – Shelly Berg, Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California, offers advice to aspiring musicians. Berg explains that if an individual can’t imagine doing anything else but music, they should follow that passion. However, he points out that it takes a tremendous amount of dedication. Berg also emphasizes the importance of knowing how to invest one’s time wisely. Along the way, individuals must recognize the importance of networking and the opportunities presented. Even though it may not be profitable, it will pay off later in one’s career. Also in this segment, Berg discusses the vitality of music. It binds us together. Musicians are necessary.