Did you recently graduate from your dream music school? Ready to face the real world? Here are some career tips for music major graduates to tackle the first few years out of school:
The cool thing about going to music school is most, if not all of your professors are current musicians who are pursuing their passions. Whether you are currently in music school or you just graduated, do your best to maintain your relationships with professors. Find out what gigs they are playing and pick their brain on how they land said gigs. Read more
You made it through applications plus college auditions and now you finally get to daydream about what it will be like to be a Music Major at your chosen school! While you’ve been told (numerous) times that Music Majors have schedules that would make any normal person totally exhausted, you should be getting jazzed (pun intended) about all that is in store for you.
Here are the top 5 things you should be getting excited about:
Not having to constantly explain to your fellow peers and feel guilty about why you can’t make it to a party or social event.
They get it without asking questions: you have to practice. And most likely, they do too.
Looking snazzy and taking a million pictures to remember your stylish recital outfit.
It’s okay if you get sad when you have to take it off.
Packing for college is an exciting time. Between collaborating with your new roommate on who is bringing what, picking out decorations for your walls and loading up on snacks to hide in your room – there’s lots to do! If you are a music major, you’ll also need to think about what you’ll need to pack to be prepared for your music classes. That’s where we come in! Check out our suggestions on some essentials to help you best tackle your course load:
You’ll need manuscript paper to take notes and jot down music. Bound manuscript paper is especially essential for any music theory class or when inspiration hits for a new song! We especially like this brand as their back cover lists musical terms and definitions in case you ever need a refresher on some basic ideas – because even Mozart got over-tired once in awhile and needed a reminder! Read more
Since we have a holiday on our hands this weekend (hooray 4th of July!), we thought it’d be a good idea to remind you how to protect those vocal chords – so you can focus on watching fireworks instead of worrying about hurting your voice!
Here are some tips to maintain your vocal health:
We know we sound like a broken record. However, remember to hydrate! If you are not properly hydrated, your vocal folds can become irritated easily which will lead to swelling. For singers, it’s recommended that you drink room temperature water as ice cold water can make your muscles contract which leads to your vocal chords tensing up. Read more
Several years ago, Andrea Longato and Francesco Beccaro were both playing guitar in Italy. Andrea was studying engineering while taking private guitar lessons on the side, and Francesco was a full-time musician. They were, and still are, extremely passionate about their music but felt stuck. They needed to find the right training institution to move their careers forward. Several years later, these two Italians are good friends and successful, professional musicians in New York City. How did they do it? They didn’t let distance get in the way of choosing the best music school for them.
Some students (and parents) assume that if you’re not a musical prodigy, you should major in something other than music. Nothing can be farther from the truth! In fact, there are actually benefits to not being a prodigy, so long as you’re someone who feels compelled to pursue music.
This post, from our friends at MajoringinMusic.com, explores this subject with three musicians, each of whom is working in a distinctly different field of music. Their insights are invaluable for students, parents, music teachers, college guidance counselors, and current music majors as well.