Even if you end up deciding not to pursue a career in music, the transferable music skills you’ll gain as a music major will provide you with the background necessary to enter many other fields as well as graduate programs:
1. Ability to be creative and think outside the box
Think: improvising; composing innovative music; dealing with myriad challenges that crop up before or during performances.
2. Ability to plan ahead
Think: learning the music in advance of performances; juggling your schedule; knowing what it takes to look your best at concerts.
3. Ability to take responsibility
Think: scheduling and getting to lessons and rehearsals; learning your part for a group performance; leading a section of the orchestra or a band.
4. Ability to collaborate and work effectively with others to meet goals
Think: being part of an ensemble, orchestra or chorus.
5. Ability to think and understand in patterns
Think: learning and performing music.
6. Ability to manage time well and handle several projects at once
Think: juggling school with performing, practicing and the rest of your life to succeed at majoring in music.