Majoring in music and sleep; can you really fit these into the same sentence? The campus culture, especially if you’re a music major, may give lip service
Tips for Music Majors
Dual degrees, double majors, and music minors…What do these really mean? And what do they entail? For many high school music students, majoring in music, by itself, feels limiting.
Most student musicians inevitably reach a point when they feel stuck. It’s as if they’ve reached their limit, their highest point, and can’t go any further. They keep doing the same routine over and over but don’t experience any growth.
Prospective and current music education majors... you’ll be facing a very different job market than in the past. To be employable, you’ll be required to have a broader set of skills and be far more flexible in where and how you work. And it won’t work for you to wait until you’re ready to graduate to start looking for a job.
Who will you study with and how will they serve your understanding and growth as your musical mentor.
Butterflies in the stomach; sweaty palms; negative self-talk; stomach pain; dry mouth; excessive swallowing; shortness of breath; fuzzy thinking; avoidance; or giving up. These are some of the signs and symptoms of performance anxiety.
Programs, professors and opportunities are all extremely important, but should not be the only considerations for deciding on which grad school to attend.
Is crowdfunding a good idea for finding your way to a summer music program?
In many ways, now is the best time to be a musician. Thanks to social media and the internet, you have access to an audience that artists only dreamed of a mere 5 years ago; you have the same distribution channels as the megastars; and you’re not dependent on major media outlets for validation... you can leverage your own social media!
College voice degrees - knowing the difference can help a singer choose the right degree for his or her career path.
Music competitions are a regular part of life for many students who plan to go to music school and seek a career in music. Three “realities” of music competitions:
There are three common reasons why students feel apprehensive about learning music theory. They are either intimidated by it, they think it will somehow stifle their creativity, or the study of music theory bores them to death.
Music majors and others entering college today are arriving in the midst of an ongoing educational revolution: online learning. Online learning is taking place, to one degree or another, in virtually every program and course in higher education.
Every musician has to learn the art of practicing. Nobody will deny that it can feel like a chore sometimes, perhaps even more often than not, but to become a successful musician you have to learn how to love it.
Whether you're having some kind of pain with playing, tension that you know isn't working for you, or are just interested in playing with more freedom and ease, the Alexander Technique can help.
Maria Schneider shares insights on how to start a band with equally committed band members.
I never would have guessed that music entrepreneurship would be my calling. I can remember walking around various college fairs when I was still in high school, waiting for a certain major or university to excite me.
Joining a national music association offers several benefits to music majors: • Direct access to mentors and role models in the field you plan to enter; • Networking opportunities with peers and professors at your own school as well as at music schools across the country; • Opportunities to attend professional conferences at a reduced rate (possibly free) to gain insight into your career field; • Connections to job banks and job vacancy lists; • Professional experiences that prepare you for interviewing and other career-related concerns; • Access to professional journals and other members-only educational resources.
I was the first in my family to graduate from college. I had no idea about the importance of assembling my music life team nor about social networking. I had everything under control as an undergrad, or so I thought, until it hit me that I didn’t know how to network in the classroom. I excelled in in a lot of ways and my experiences are the foundation for who I am as a professional today.
Even if you end up deciding not to pursue a career in music, the transferable music skills you’ll gain as a music major will provide you with the background necessary to enter many other fields as well as graduate programs: