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music majors

park5378park5378 Registered User Posts: 244 Junior Member
for those of you who plan on majoring in or at least continuing your musical studies in college,
what kind of music are you going into? instrumental, composition, voice... etc?
I might consider minoring in flute performance!
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Replies to: music majors

  • edadedad Registered User Posts: 2,584 Senior Member

    If you have interest in music but are not sure this should help.

    You can also do a search in the parents forum for music. You will find a lot of detailed discussions.

    As a starting point I will tell you that a "minor" in music is not common. There are many hundreds of thousands of HS kids who play an instrument. For those few who want to succeed in performance, a lot of dedication and skill is necessary. Many schools provide playing opportunities and opportunities for lessons. You can earn a limited number of college credits. Generally you cannot earn a "minor" in performance. For schools with serious music programs, there is not a category for someone who has basic skills, puts in a half effort and becomes mediocre.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 73,221 Senior Member
    I know of no schools where you can minor in performance. There are schools where you can minor in music but generally not performance (music history, music theory, or something music related...but not performance). The reality is that the one credit ensemble and performance classes (that meet 3-5 hours a week) make scheduling other classes in another major very difficult. In addition, a performance major needs to practice numerous hours per day. DD, on the other hand, is looking for schools where students can continue to play their instruments in ensembles AND take lessons without being a music major. She has found there are some schools which will allow this. However, she has found that this is more desirable if you play an instrument where there are less players (oboe/English horn, viola, tuba). There are often less opportunities for flutes and sopranos.
  • fiddlefrogfiddlefrog Registered User Posts: 1,219 Senior Member
    To the contrary, I know of several schools where you can minor in performance-- UNC-Chapel Hill, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and several conservatories.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 73,221 Senior Member
    >>several conservatories>>

    Please explain this...At all the conservatories DS applied to, one "could" minor in performance, but the major had to be music of some kind.
  • edadedad Registered User Posts: 2,584 Senior Member
    It appeared to me that Park5378 was considering a minor in performance which is generally not available - except for music majors.
  • marcyrmarcyr Registered User Posts: 121 Junior Member
    LOL, Thumper, DS has been minoring in both Classical Guitar and Conducting for the last two years. Those, of course, are in addition to his BM in Composition (which he completed in May), his BM in Music Ed. which he'll complete after student teaching first semester, and his MM in Composition which he'll complete next May. I mean, we wouldn't want him to get bored or anything! I think that "minoring" in conservatory basically means taking regular lessons and getting credit for them, as opposed to taking lessons for the sake of helping you keep your "chops" on something other than your primary instrument. Of course, this is merely my interpretation, and probably bares no resemblance to the truth of what a minor is. Since DS also minored in Voice and Piano during his first two years but then gave them up, I'm not sure I really understand what it all means.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 73,221 Senior Member
    What Marcy says is true. The MUSIC MAJORS at a conservatory can minor in other areas of music. For example, if a student is majoring in composition or music technology, they can minor in music performance. BUT they are already majoring in music of some kind.
  • fiddlefrogfiddlefrog Registered User Posts: 1,219 Senior Member
    Sorry-- what I meant about conservatories was what marcyr and thumper1 are saying.
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