Many people consider music as a possibility in school, but are they really doing themselves a favor? Some people would do great getting a music degree, some would not. So how do you know if a music degree is your thing? There are no definite criteria that say you are music major material, but there are a few things you can do to check. So are you music major material?
How dedicated to music are you? If you can see yourself doing something else for a living, then don’t do music. Music is such a challenging profession to make a living in. If you would be happy doing something else then do it. If you are someone who can’t live without music, you might be able to make it. If you can’t even see yourself doing anything other than music you are on the right track. If you are that type where music is your life then the next category should follow.
How dedicated to music are you? Many professional musicians have a time in their lives where they practice 6+ hours a day, and yes, if you’re going to study music in college you most likely want to be some kind of music professional. That includes school band teachers. If you don’t want to work in music don’t study it. Most professional musicians spend a long period of their lives practicing more than 2 hours a day. As a music major you will be expected to practice a lot. Of course some schools have higher standards than others. When you aren’t practicing you will be busy studying music stuff such as conducting or music history. If you don’t mind putting in the work consider taking a music theory class over the summer.
Music theory seems to be the class that most people have the hardest time with. Take a music theory class over the summer; see if you do well at it. Do you like it? How well are you doing at it? If you find that you do well at it, and it is interesting to you that is great because now you have a head start for when you go to college. You will have to pass a test at the end of your sophomore year to prove you know enough to remain music major. Any help you get is good.
Another thing to consider when you think about getting a music degree is how good you are at your specialty. Some programs require more skill than others. For example a performance major will have to have more skill on their instrument than a music history major. Do study in music most likely you will have to pass an audition, and depending on the school it may be very hard to pass or too easy to pass. Are you willing to put in the work to audition? Are you good enough to beat other good players who are also auditioning? If you are looking at going to a school that will let anyone in because they are the only school that will accept you, then you may want to find a different degree.
These are just a few suggestions to help you figure out if you should study music in college or not. Ultimately, you will find out if you’re ready or not when you’re in the program. Even then some people still don’t realize it. One final suggestion is to ask your private teacher if they think you should. I wish you the best of luck in your long journey of becoming music major.