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What experience or insight should I have as trying to become a music major?

Currently I am trying to pursue either Music Therapy or Music Education as a major and just wanted to know some basics behind what skills or things I should have prior. #music #musician #college #professional #skills

Thank you comment icon Well I know that for a music therapist, being able to play at least the piano and guitar. Or at least have a little bit of knowledge on how to play them. Katelyn

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cassandra’s Answer

Hello Nicholas M.
What a great major choice.
As a teacher this is my advice for you:

As a music major, you have to study:
music theory
music history
your specific area of focus
aural skills

You also have to:
expand your keyboard proficiency (for most majors)
take music lessons
practice more than you ever have on your major instrument and possibly a second instrument
take classes to help you succeed as a performer
learn how to prevent repetitive motion injuries
learn to communicate effectively and use criticism well

Add to the list:
any required academics
rehearsals with required ensembles, orchestras or choirs
performances
required masterclasses
all the extracurricular music opportunities that music majors delve into
junior year and/or senior year recitals
other professionally-related experiences
everything else any college student needs to do (eat, sleep, laundry, work, and hang out with friends)
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Jamie’s Answer

Hi! Music is such an exciting career! Both my brother and sister have gone to school and are both working in their field chosen field. Here are the steps they took.


In Hollywood, CA, there is a school that focuses on everything in the business. From set production to choreography, this school will help you obtain your Bachelors of Fine Arts and furthermore, help you find work. They have dorms on site and if the dorms are full, they have contracts with local apartment buildings so you will have a place to stay if needed. The school is called AMDA. (Www.amda.edu)


The school does have some scholarship programs. This is definitely a good step to take to get into the business.


Best at of luck to you!

Jamie recommends the following next steps:

Go to www.amda.edu
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Nir’s Answer

A lot of music therapists don't have a degree in music therapy. Often times they don't have a music major either, if that is your path I would explore options outside of school, could save you a lot of time and money. For music education having some basic knowledge in music theory can be helpful but it's a major that covers all ends of the spectrum and can take people in from varying expertise and skill levels.
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