Music journalism is an ever-evolving industry for those passionate about music and writing. How do you know if it's for you? And how do you get there?
What is the curriculum and experience of a typical college voice major? What’s the best way to prepare for this adventure toward professional singing?
Wondering how to choose a summer music program? Confused about finding the best fit?
Playing music in a youth orchestra offers a host of opportunities, from performing to meeting peers who are equally as passionate about music, to preparing for auditions.
Are you thinking about taking a gap year as a music major? Unlike other majors, music majors have skill sets that need to be kept current.
Sight-reading is an important and necessary skill for music majors. Quite often, they will be asked to learn pieces of music in a very short amount of time.
Having a successful audition is about more than just luck. Here are a few tips to make your audition more successful.
If you’re thinking about majoring in music or know that’s the path you’ll pursue, then summer music camps or programs are highly recommended.
Are you new to music leadership roles in your school's orchestra, band, or ensemble? Are you a girl who dreams of becoming a section leader or drum major?
If you're considering majoring in guitar, understand that many young guitarists enter college with inadequate preparation, and struggle as a result.
As you prepare to be a college music major, make the most of musical opportunities during high school. Here are some basic pieces of advice to give prospective music majors the best chance for success in college and beyond.
Choosing among several possible music degrees, considering a conservatory vs. music school vs. music department, as well as whether you'd like to graduate with a BM, BA or BS in music depends on what you want to study, which school might fit your goals best, and what you see yourself pursing after you graduate.
How does a serious music student relate to constructive feedback and the discomfort that often accompanies it?
If you need help convincing your parents (or anyone else in your life) that majoring in music is a worthy goal, here are several suggestions to help you out:
It’s possible to major in music even if you’ve gotten a late start and don’t have years of training and performances under your belt.
As you make a decision to major in music, you will want to have most, if not all, of the following skills and experiences under your belt by the time you apply to music schools.
Ranking music schools is a disservice to students who must do the important personal exploration necessary for finding the right fit school to call "home" for the next few years.
Music theory is probably the most daunting and challenging class freshmen music majors face. Meeting the challenges is easiest for students who’ve taken AP Music Theory or who’ve had strong music theory training in summer music programs or with private teachers.
Some students (and parents) assume that if you're not a musical prodigy, you should major in something other than music. Nothing can be farther from the truth! In fact, there are actually benefits to not being a prodigy, so long as you're someone who feels compelled to pursue music.