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Music Major...A Closer Look

By Misty Sneddon

photo For the musician who provides us with great experiences, the ability to communicate in such a beautiful way is fulfilling. Before deciding to major in Music, a student must love music on a deep level. Majoring in Music is more work than one would expect. For instance, many colleges require a person majoring in music to be able to play every instrument available. Not only that, the liberal arts side of these programs ensures Music majors are well rounded with a long line of classes that have nothing to do with Music. Not only do Music majors have to learn how to play all of these instruments and do a good job passing every exam playing them, they also need to master the liberal arts - humanities, literature, composition, history and even math and science classes. Colleges usually require a specific area of concentration such as instrument composition, instrument performance, voice performance, music education in chorale, and music education in instrument. If you think a Music major is easy, think again.

The concentration chosen determines the classes a Music major will take. Some classes are classical music, introduction to music studios, music theory, jazz fundamentals, world music, elementary voice, orchestra, acting for singers, contemporary techniques, fundamentals of counterpoint, orchestration, advanced composition, tuning and temperament, and so on.

A recent graduate often finds sacrificing income is necessary to pursue a career in music. Many graduates go on to become music teachers in public education. Musicians often supplement income by working part-time in local symphonies and music groups. Careers for those with a degree in Music are:

• Composer
• Acoustician
• Lyricist
• Cruise Ship Entertainer
• Instrument Designer
• Band Director
• Music Agent
• Audio Producer
• Music Store Owner
• Educator K-12
• Music Therapist
• Arranger
• Music Critic
• Instrument Sales Representative
• Collaborative Pianist
• Music App Developer
• Sound Engineer
• Summer Camp Music Director
• Talent Scout
• Instrument Store Owner
• Opera Coach
• Conductor
• Electronic Sound Producer
• Tour Manager
• Voice Coach
• Piano Tuner
• Instrument Restorer/Repairer
• Music Librarian
• Song Writer
• Music Pastor
• Church Accompanist
• Music Performers
• Singers