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Study Abroad studying a double-major in Music Performance and Business Administration?

Asked San Diego, California

I want to become a Property Manager but also I have been playing the clarinet for 9 years and I have filled a decent musical curriculum attending to music festivals, summer camps, playing in various ensembles; advanced orchestras, symphonic bands, professional orchestras, etc.

My main goal is to study abroad either in Italy or Spain a whole year, having in mind that I would be studying a double major in two distinct fields. My main concern is if it is possible to do so.
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Judeanne’s Answer

Updated Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Anything is possible, but it's not necessarily easy. Nothing worth having in this life is going to be easy.

If you become a property manager or a musician, you'll need to have a good understanding of business - particularly contracts and basic accounting.

As a musician, you will always have to be on top of your business because there will always be those who will take all you have when your back is turned. I'm not saying this to be negative. It's fact of the business. If you heard the name Leonard Cohen, Chuck Berry, TLC, George Michael, or Prince then, you know of someone who was taken advantage of through a bad contract or less than honest business practices.

I don't expect there to be much overlap between these two majors, unless the school you go to has a music business major, which some do offer. That could help you double dip with your credit requirements for either major and help you finish your degree sooner, and save a little cash while you do it.

What I also like about your idea is that, you can do both. You can get a 9to5 gig as a property manager and kick around playing gigs at night and on weekends. Or, if you're very lucky, you can invest in some real estate and be a landlord while you also concentrate on your music career. Do a little mix and match on those two careers and you could very easily be set for a very financially secure life, and that is a rare thing for any musician.

This can't be said enough to anyone in this program, whatever career you pursue, do an internship. They are one of the most important things you can have on your resume, no matter what you do.

Best of luck! You're going to do great!

Judeanne recommends the following next steps:

  • Pay very close attention to learning about legal contracts and accounting methods, procedures, and practices. (Always know where the money comes from and where it goes to.)
  • See if the schools you choose offer a music business major, minor, or a course. Hopefully, they will and you can see if you can utilize those courses for credit towards both majors.
  • Be creative about how you integrate these two careers into your financial and working lives. It could be a really beautiful thing.

Katy’s Answer

You should definitely looking into study abroad programs as soon as you get to college - even as a freshman. By the time you allocate funds, find the right place to go to (a lot of times it depends on you major and what your school has set up for that specifically), it may be your sophomore or junior year. It can also be easier to transfer undergrad credits I studied abroad and it was a great experience - I have great friends and colleagues abroad that I still keep in touch with. Both of those majors should translate well for abroad programs.

Often times your school will have a dorm you can stay in with other study abroad students. If thats what you would prefer, then thats a great set-up. If you want a more immersed experience, you could find your housing on your own - just be careful of scams (there's a lot out there). I stayed in a hostel for the first two weeks before finding a place to stay.