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Music Education Time Management

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Incoming Freshman with a Major in Music Education with concerns about time management. I have heard it is a stressful major and would like any supportive comments and advice to better prepare myself for Fall Semester.
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Alex’s Answer

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Majoring in any aspect of music is difficult. While the rest of the university gets 3hr courses that require little work (on the lower levels), you will have 1 and 2hr classes that require a lot of work. The trick is to find a way to enjoy it, such as listening to music history pieces with a group of classmates.


As far as time management specifically: make a schedule. Use Excel to make a spreadsheet of all 24hrs in all 7 days. Schedule classes, work, sleep, studying, and practicing. But also schedule fun time. You can color code it as well. Schedule free time. Whatever you feel you need. Some things, such as classes, are fixed time. But if you schedule practice time at 7am and keep waking up too late, move it. Make the schedule into something that works for you. I did this in college and in grad school and in the work force, but it changed many times as I got older and my work preferences changed.


When you become a music director, the same can be used for your work days. If you decide to change majors, the same would work if you're in marketing too. College is where you truly learn when you are most efficient and in what order you can perform different activities and be efficient. Don't stress out over it, just be you and aim for being hard working and efficient. Good luck!

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Stephanie’s Answer

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First and foremost 1) start using a planner 2) Prioritize your to-do's for the days and weeks and 3) Know your limits. First and foremost, the planner will help you stay on track and on time and see how much you scheduled for the week. It will help you see when you are starting to take on too much so can start saying no to things when your time starts to fill up. Look at your tasks and prioritize them. What has to get done that day? What has to get done that week? What would be nice to get done if you have some free time? This will make sure you get all your assignments done in a timely manner. Lastly, when you see your to-do lists and your days fill up, leave time to take care of yourself. That means sleeping, eating WELL and having some down time. You can't execute anything well, including and especially time management, if you are burnt out!
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