Tips for Music Majors

Dual Degrees, Double Majors, and Music Minors

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.

Student Musicians: Getting Beyond “Stuck”

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.

7 Things Music Education Majors Can Do When Facing the Job Market

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.

Reducing Music Performance Anxiety

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.

5 Social Media Tips For Modern Musicians

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!

ABC’s of Voice Degrees

College voice degrees - knowing the difference can help a singer choose the right degree for his or her career path.

How to Prepare for Music Competitions

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:

Music Theory: Beyond Boredom

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.

Online Learning for Music Majors

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.

Practicing the Art of Practicing

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.

Preventing Performance Injury and Tension

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.

Face Planting into Music Entrepreneurship

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.

Benefits of Joining a National Music Association

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.

Your Music Life Team: Real Social Networking

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.