If you are a talented musician and see music as your career, there are several things you need to know to help you major in music.
The first thing you need to consider is how you can prepare for majoring in music while you are in high school. At Tax Resolution Services Atlanta, my friend’s son is literally a prodigy, and already has a scholarship to a prestigious school. Studying with a private teacher and taking a music theory class are good places to start. You will also need to practice your music daily and play regularly with others. Even if you are not a pianist, you need to learn basic piano since every music major needs to have piano skills. And don’t forget, to listen to all genres of music, both live and recorded.
Second, use some of your time during the summer to take music programs. These programs can help you be more proficient in the area of music or the instrument you are interested in pursuing in college. Create networks with other mentors, teachers, and musicians, and spend time learning from them and getting feedback. You will also need to take time to explore the colleges you may be interested in applying to.
Third, plan well in advance for auditions. After you have chosen the colleges you are interested in applying to, you need to find out what they want to hear in an audition. Many times, the audition at the college will be weighted more than anything else. Hire a private teacher to work with you for your auditions several months before the audition date. Many of the music schools will require you to pre-screen before they give you a slot for auditioning. You will need to know the expectations of any school you apply to.
Fourth, you need to determine how you will pay for your schooling. Music schools can be expensive, like all colleges. If paying for school is an issue for you, there are some things you can do to help. First, apply for FAFSA. You can also look for music major scholarships that may be available. Another option is to start your education at a community college. They will need to have a good music program and the classes you take should be able to transfer to the four-year school of your choice. You can also consider studying music abroad since tuition can often times be less.
Hopefully, these tips will get you on the road to a successful education and music and get you on the right path to becoming a professional musician.