Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I want to become a musician in the future. Is it correct to say

I am a future musician.

I want to put it in my bio for Twitter. Are there any other better phrases?

share|improve this question
2  
an aspiring musician would sound more natural –  mplungjan May 24 '13 at 11:59
    
@mplungjan aspiring implies that the OP has already started learning music. Future musician, in the same vein as future star is better if at the moment you have no musical knowledge but plan to start learning an instrument in the future. –  terdon May 24 '13 at 12:04
    
Seems off-topic to me. –  Kris May 24 '13 at 12:17
2  
It reminds me future soldier, and sounds a little si-fi. –  Stan May 24 '13 at 12:38
    
Terms like future musician can usually only be safely used to refer to a past state now ended. Except by prophets. –  Edwin Ashworth May 24 '13 at 15:28
show 1 more comment

4 Answers

up vote 2 down vote accepted

Aspiring musician (as @mplungjan mentions in the comments) is what is used and makes sense. It does not suggest that you have started learning music any more than you have thought about and decided that being a musician is what you want to do. Someone who is learning music is already a musician.

share|improve this answer
1  
I don't believe this: Someone who is learning music is already a musician. I studied & played the accordion, the trumpet, the flute, the electric organ, & the guitar only to discover that I was more likely to end up as a cocker spaniel or a giant cockroach than a musician. –  user21497 May 24 '13 at 12:39
1  
All I'm saying is that aspiring musician brings to (my) mind someone who is a musician today and aspires to musical greatness rather than someone who wishes, some day, to be a musician. Can't find a dictionary that feels the same way though so I won't push the point. –  terdon May 24 '13 at 13:18
1  
@BillFranke, sorry to disagree with you but regardless of your degree of ability, if you can sing or play an instrument, you can call yourself a musician, IMO. What would be more precise, would be for you to call yourself a lousy musician. . . though I doubt that's true! :-) –  Kristina Lopez May 24 '13 at 17:37
1  
@TrevorD - Nonsense to your "nonsense!" lol! Someone playing sports in school is an athlete. Given - an amateur athlete, but still an athlete! Also, for the record, a singer doesn't need to know how to read music to be a musician - or even a professional musician. Pavorati, it's said, did not read music but you can not argue that he was a professional opera singer with a stellar career. What's missing is the distinction between amateur and professional (profession) and good or bad (profession). Really, unless a certificate or degree is required, there's no reason the title can't be used. –  Kristina Lopez May 24 '13 at 17:46
1  
@KristinaLopez Please read my comment more carefully: I wasn't taking about amateurs. I don't dispute that they can properly be given the appropriate 'title'. I was talking specifically about school sports or physical ed. lessons, where one is obliged to play certain games, in a very sub-amateur fashion. I had to play football at school: that doesn't make me a footballer. I had piano lessons as a child (and can still play one nursery rhyme): but that doesn't make me a pianist or a musician. My point is that there surely has to be some basic level of competence before using a 'title'. –  TrevorD May 24 '13 at 19:20
show 4 more comments

There is nothing grammatically incorrect about using "future musician," but the term is so commonly applied to babies that calling an adult a "future musician" sounds awkward and infantilizing.

share|improve this answer
    
+1 for "infantilizing". I totally agree! –  Kristina Lopez May 24 '13 at 21:09
add comment

Because anyone who can sing or play an instrument can be considered a musician, you probably want to unambiguate your musical status for this bio:

Do you want to be a professional musician in the future? If so, then you can say the following:

"I'm an amateur musicians aspiring to go pro in the future"

or

"It's my goal to become a professional musician in the future"

or

"I'm studying to become a professional musician - right now I'm strictly an amateur"

share|improve this answer
1  
I had two girlfriends who were musicians: one piano prodigy & one violin prodigy. My college roommate was a musician: he played guitar with Mary Travers, wrote songs, recorded albums, gave concerts. Can't sing, only croak. My musical abilities are limited to pushing the "Play" & "Pause" buttons on Media Player Classic. I used to pump iron but I'm not a bodybuilder. Been married 6 times & had many girlfriends, but I'm not a "stud", "hunk", or "fox", just a man. –  user21497 May 24 '13 at 23:58
    
@BillFranke, I get teased a lot for my philosophies but I'm eternally optimistic that a person can aspire to whatever they want to be. If selling the idea to one's subconscience by calling yourself a musician, for example, I say, go for it! :-) –  Kristina Lopez May 25 '13 at 3:21
    
Don't be fooled by self-actualization preachers who claim that we can be whatever we want to be if only we tell ourselves often enough that we can. All anyone can do is be the best they can be. We all have our limits. Life isn't fair & we're not all equal anywhere or ever: even postmortem some people are more important than others. One can always aspire, but one should never quit one's day job to pursue unrealizable dreams. Rocky was a movie remade a million times in Hollywood; Ali was for real & a rarity. –  user21497 May 25 '13 at 3:43
add comment

It all depends on context. If you want to constrain to, as you say, "I wish to be a musician in the future..."

...you have:

  • A promising musician
  • An aspiring musician
  • A budding musician
  • A potential musician
  • A studying musician
  • A wannabe musician
  • A hopeful musician

Essentially - they all need a little more context.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.