Study Abroad as a Music Major

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.

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:

Career Paths in Sacred Music

Sacred music programs at various colleges and universities offer many opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in the field.

Scoring for Film and TV or Video Games – 5 Ground Rules

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.

Meeting the Challenges of Music Theory

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.

What If You’re Not a Musical Prodigy?

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.

Essential Tips for a Career in Popular Music!

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.

Music Therapy: Making a Difference One Note at a Time

Music therapy is the use of music by a trained and qualified music therapist to achieve non-music goals. It is a recognized health profession in which music is used to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of clients as assessed by a degreed- and board-certified professional.

As a Music Major, What Can I Actually Major In?

No two music schools offer the same exact programs, nor do they name their music major areas of study the same way. You're apt to find out that, as an undergraduate, you can study what you are most interested in at some schools but not at others. You're also likely to find that some schools cluster certain music majors together and house them under a specific department.

Music School without a Back-Up Plan?

What’s a back-up plan for music school about, anyway? Isn’t it your envisioned safety net, in case your front-and-center plan fails? Given that times are tough and that thousands of new college grads in every field are having a rough time finding a job, isn’t a back-up plan what you need?

Should I Study Music in College?

Should I major in music? Does it make sense to spend the next four years of my life plus all that tuition to study music in college?

Music Tackles Bullying

Have you ever experienced bullying as a student musician? "Stronger," the anti-bullying music video from the Time for Three trio, is based on experiences each member of the trio had while growing up.

Studying Music in THIS Economy? Heck, Yeah!

It's easy to find gloom and doom perspectives about studying music and careers in music. There's plenty of concern about the US overproducing talented and well-trained musicians in relation to the number of available jobs.

Time for Three Trio

Time for Three Trio calls itself a "classically-trained garage band." Members Nick Kendall (violin), Ranaan Meyer (double bass), and Zach DePue (violin) are receiving wide acclaim for their "category-shattering" originals and arrangements that combine classical, jazz, country western, bluegrass, and gypsy elements into groundbreaking mashups performed with outstanding artistry.