If you have strong academic skills, want to major in music, and don’t want to lose your academic mojo, look for schools with honors programs that welcome music majors.
You’re likely to get:
- smaller classes for your non-music requirements;
- an opportunity to broaden your social circles and mingle with non-music majors;
- in-depth exploration of a host of subjects;
- more time with the professor;
- credit, of course, for your non-music-specific requirements.
This is a great way to keep your writing skills in good form as well as exercise different parts of your brain. It’s also a great way to appease your parents in case worry about what will happen to your academic prowess if you ever decide to focus away from music or decide to go to graduate school.
You may have to run interference between the music school and the honors program, especially if advisors at the school haven’t had many music students do both. Learn what you can, ask as many questions as you need to, talk to students who’ve done both. Stand up for what you want –– that in itself will serve you well in your career in music.