Double majors: Music and ???

<p>My parents are making me double major. The first major I want to do is piano performance, and I have to pick a 2nd one too. Here are the ones I'm considering: Economics, History, International Studies, and Political Science.</p>

<p>Is piano and one of those 4 an odd or normal combination? Are those hard combinations? any opinions or experience with those? I'm a high school junior by the way so I still have some time to think about it...Which majors of those are hardest/easiet to do as one major? Which majors of those are hardest/easiet as part of a double major? </p>

<p>Also, has anyone here done that? Or have you done a music major with any other major? Please give your experience if you can. Would you still choose that if you did it over again?</p>

<p>As far as the double major for getting it done on time, I will be coming into college with possibly up to 8 AP classes, as long as I pass the exams I will take next year, and I will also take a test to get some credit for college Music Theory that I've studied, although it's not AP Music Theory because my school didn't have that. My APs will be: US Government & Politics, US History, European History, Psychology, Spanish, Calculus, Physics, and English Literature & Composition, yeah and plus music theory as I mentioned before.</p>

<p>Even if you haven't done a double major, has anyone here majored in Economics, History, International Studies, and/or political science? How are the job opportunities in any/all of those? If you liked/didn't like those subjects in high school was it the same in college? </p>

<p>If it makes a difference to help you answer here's where I'm applying (my parents are only allowing me to go to college in the Midwest where we live, and I'm looking at mostly small to medium size colleges, none of those large ones with 30,000+ students): University of St. Thomas, Concordia College, St. Olaf College, UW Eau Claire, DePauw University, Illinois Wesleyan University...but very likely to go to St. Thomas because I already study with a piano professor from there.</p>

<p>So far, as far as those 4 second majors go of Economics, History, International Studies, and Political Science...I'm kinda leaning towards history but I'm still researching these and deciding. Is that one a wise choice for a double major and for a successful job?</p>

<p>Any help/opinions/advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks for your time!</p>

<p>Check out the possibilities at the schools that interest you, and talk to your professor at St. Thomas. Major requirements differ from school to school and the curriculum in a performance-oriented "school of music" is quite different from the curriculum in a liberal-arts music department. It's really common at many liberal-arts colleges and universities for students to combine a music major with another major in something more practical. At Cornell, where I went to school, there were a couple different ways to major in music--an "intense" track for people aiming for music as a profession, or for graduate school, and another track for people like you, combining music with another major. At UVA, where I teach, many music majors are double majors and there's no pattern at all to what the other major might be--some people even manage to combine a music major with the engineering school, a choice that involves serious planning.
There are a lot of musical premeds as well.</p>