8 K-Dramas to Watch if You're an Aspiring Musician

This genre comes with a wide selection of interesting storylines.
by Leika Golez   |  Jun 16, 2022
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The Korean Wave owes its success to K-dramas and K-pop. So when you combine these two faves together, you get the ultimate pop culture staple: A memorable K-drama that revolves around music. This genre comes with a wide selection of interesting storylines—idol groups struggling to debut, classical musicians finding unexpected love, and everything else in between. You’re guaranteed to love these picks if you’re a budding musician yourself, but you don’t have to be into music to enjoy these binge-worthy shows. 

Looking for some recs? Ahead, we’ve compiled eight K-dramas to watch if you’re an aspiring musician: 

1. Dream High 

THE CAST: Bae Suzy, Ok Taec-yeon, Kim Soo-hyun, Ham Eun-jung, Jang Woo-young, IU

THE PLOT: Six talented students at Kirin Art High School discover love and self-awareness as they work towards their dreams of becoming K-pop stars. 

WATCH ON: Netflix, Viki

2. Page Turner

THE CAST: Kim So-hyun, Ji Soo, Shin Jae-ha

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THE PLOT: After experiencing an accident, a young prodigy loses her sight and struggles to play the piano again. 

WATCH ON: Viki

3. Do You Like Brahms? 

THE CAST: Kim Min-jae, Park Eun-bin, Kim Sung-cheol, Park Ji-hyun, Lee Yoo-jin, Bae Da-bin

THE PLOT: When a business major defies her family by shifting to a music course, she crosses paths with a talented pianist attending the same university. 

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WATCH ON: Netflix, Viu, Viki

4. Top Management 

THE CAST: Seo Eun-soo, Ahn Hyo-seop, Cha Eun-woo

THE PLOT: A former idol trainee becomes the talent manager of an up-and-coming boy group currently facing controversy. 

WATCH ON: YouTube Premium

5. You’re Beautiful 

THE CAST: Jang Keun-suk, Park Shin-hye, Jung Yong-hwa, Lee Hong-gi

THE PLOT: Following a botched surgery, a vocalist asks his twin sister to stand in for him as a pretend boy group member. 

WATCH ON: Netflix, Viki

6. The Liar and His Lover 

THE CAST: Lee Hyun-woo, Joy, Lee Jung-jin, Lee Seo-won, Hong Seo-young

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THE PLOT: While keeping his identity under wraps, a depressed composer falls in love with a courageous singer. 

WATCH ON: Viki

7. Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol 

THE CAST:  Go Ara, Lee Jae-wook, Kim Joo-hun

THE PLOT: With the help of a diligent worker, an aspiring pianist deals with the challenges of adult life after her wealthy father passes away.  

WATCH ON: Netflix

8. Heartstrings

THE CAST:  Park Shin-hye, Jung Yong-hwa

THE PLOT: A cold-hearted lead vocalist is unexpectedly captivated by an outgoing girl from his art university’s traditional music department. 

WATCH ON: Viki

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