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When is it too late to declare music?

johnsonandrew97johnsonandrew97 4 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 7 New Member
So I've always considered doing a double major in political science and oboe performance. I'm signed up with my current college as a poly sci major, not in oboe performance. My question is, would it be too late is I declared my double major the next semester, spring 2016?
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  • musicamusicamusicamusica 6388 replies80 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6,468 Senior Member
    you need to call your school
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  • compmomcompmom 10579 replies76 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,655 Senior Member
    edited April 2015
    Is there a reason you want to wait until spring 2016?

    I second the suggestion to call your school, or meet with an advisor. Is this a college you are entering as a freshman? If so, then I would think your proposed major for fall is not written in stone. Are courses all filled? Is that the problem?

    Music majors have foundational courses that are often a full year, in sequence, with the first part in the fall and second part in the spring. For instance, a music history survey or introductory theory or musicianship. That may or may not be true at your school.
    edited April 2015
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  • johnsonandrew97johnsonandrew97 4 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Yes I am entering as a freshman. The reason I want to wait a semester is because I'm not entirely sure if I even want to double major and what would allow me to do so. I'm just wondering if anyone has majored in music and NOT started their first semester of freshman year.
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  • ScubachickScubachick 319 replies4 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 323 Member
    I agree call the school. Music theory classes are a sequence so it may be impossible to start in spring. If you go to a large university, they may offer every class every semester. If it is a small school, probably not.
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  • nycmnycm 267 replies39 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 306 Member
    It would definitely be too late if you are considering oboe performance at a conservatory or school of music that requires auditions and has limited openings in each studio. You don't say which school you are entering, but some will have more flexibility than others, so I agree with the other responses...Call your school!
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  • compmomcompmom 10579 replies76 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,655 Senior Member
    If this is for a BA, not a BM/performance, your major is not yet, as I said, 'written in stone." You can go to college, take classes in areas that interest you, and declare a major late in your freshman or, often, sophomore year. If you want to do a BA/BM, that is a different story. If you want to read about double majors versus double degrees in music, by the way, here is a good essay: And yes, call your school, e-mail or thoroughly research the dept. websites.

    http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/conservatory/admissions/tips/doubledegree.html
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