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:
Just when you thought this process would never end –– one more thing. Deciding which music school to accept and attend.
Should you consider attending a boarding arts high school for music? If you don’t have a strong music program at your high school or access to an arts high school in your hometown...
Majoring in music is not for everyone. Even the application process is a bigger time commitment than your friends planning to major in other areas will experience. Here are three things to consider before applying along with tips for now that will help you in December. And in February, when you are still applying to schools!
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.
What can you do with a music degree? Teaching and performing are just the tip of the iceberg. The following is a list of some of the many jobs and career areas that music majors can pursue after graduation.
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.
The field of music therapy has grown significantly as a result of its positive impact with depression, substance abuse, and many other life challenges.
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!
Study abroad as a musician is a wonderful opportunity. Not only do you get the chance to live and explore within a new culture, you also have the opportunity to work with amazing teachers and musicians that you would not otherwise be able to meet or even study with.
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:
Sacred music programs at various colleges and universities offer many opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in the field.
Like most careers in modern music, there isn’t one straight path to scoring for film and TV or video games. While it would be great to follow in the footsteps of a John Williams or a Hans Zimmer and learn the craft of orchestration and classical underscore, the reality is that there are very few jobs that ask for those specific skill sets.
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.
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.
Arts high school administrators and college music school admission directors offer insights and wisdom to assist you in thinking about what makes sense.
Choosing a music school - finding a music school that fits your skills and goals.
What kinds of careers can popular music majors hope to attain? David Fish, Catawba's music department chair, sees success in popular music as having a lot to do with creating your own opportunities.