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I have no experience

bluecowbluecow Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
edited January 2012 in Music Major
Is it too late? I have no experience with music, playing instruments, singing...
I'm in California and I applied to 7 of the 9 UCs, all except Merced/Riverside

I also never realized that music was so inspiring until last year. To tell the truth, I never liked or appreciated music for most of my life. I just discovered how great music was and so I suddenly want to learn to become a singer but I'm already in my senior year in HS.

If it helps at all, I can be an extremely quick learner. Once I do something I spend a lot of time on it. For example, I suddenly wanted to get on the school's varsity badminton team and so I practiced for 6 months and took the 3rd singles position and became equal to others who spent around 3 to 4 years.

It has been a habit of mine. I suddenly want to try new things, but this time, it may be too late. There are also auditions...

I already applied as a computer science major but now I'm not so sure what I want to do anymore
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Replies to: I have no experience

  • 27dreams27dreams Registered User Posts: 610 Member
    I suggest studying music as a minor or as an extracurricular. Join a choir or try out for a musical in a local community theatre company. Start taking private lessons, especially if you have a little money to spare. Music is one of those fields where unless you've been studying it for years, you're probably not going to get into any music major program that requires an audition, especially if it includes written or aural assessments. I've been taking dance classes for several years and I enjoy it, but I'd never dream of auditioning for college as a dancer because I'm still terrible at their foundation (ballet).

    What I'm trying to say is that no one starts at the top, but if you work your way up by gaining foundation in classical music (performance & theory) or musical theatre as well as studying the stylizations of jazz, pop, or whatever else you want to do, I say go for it! Young adulthood is certainly not too late to pick up a new skill or even career path. If you want any more advice, send me a message. I've been studying music for about 8 years & have begun teaching, so I know how to help people who are just getting started. =)
  • 27dreams27dreams Registered User Posts: 610 Member
    PS, I'm very excited for you and your new found love of music! It's what makes my world go round, so seeing others becoming inspired makes me very happy =D
  • LGSMomLGSMom Registered User Posts: 293 Junior Member
    There are schools where you have not yet missed the deadlines and can audition for music - but, obviously, you have limited time to prepare that will put you at a disadvantage. Go speak to guidance and to your choir director for some advice sorting things out; you can also consult with a private voice teacher.

    You must have liked something about Computer Science to have picked it initially? Maybe you don't want to abandon it completely. Computer Science skills are in demand - even in music - so consider looking at schools with Music Technology.

    Best of luck!
  • 27dreams27dreams Registered User Posts: 610 Member
    ^Good idea! I hadn't even thought about a Music Technology major! That'd be a great option, especially for the schools where auditions aren't required. Look to see if any of the schools you've already applied to have a Music Tech, Studio Music, or Recorded Music major. You'd be surprised how many schools do. Maybe even look into a Music Industry major. If you have any previous work with computer science, recording technology, production, or marketing, let them know about any music-related majors of interest.
  • bluecowbluecow Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    Thanks for all the advice, I think I will just make it an extracurricular activity considering how much work it takes and I haven't started. I was originally thinking of going to UC Santa Cruz for Computer Science: Game Design but I recently got a supplemental questionnaire from UC Berkeley so they are telling me I'm a borderline student.

    Berkeley doesn't have a comp sci major focused on game design so I'm not sure if I will do comp sci there. CS is already hard enough in my high school AP course so I'm just trying to think of alternatives just in case I don't think I can handle it.
  • AcemcdillAcemcdill Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Unless you have experience, they won't take you seriously if you show up to audition.
  • musicamusicamusicamusica Registered User Posts: 6,468 Senior Member
    FYI OP posted over one year ago
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