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Question by musicbound: Could I get some directions on majoring in music?
I am currently a senior in high school who has played cello for nearly 2 years. I am able to play my scales, the first movement of the Brahm’s cello sonata in e minor, and am now working on Saint Saen’s Allegro Appassionato. I have been taking private lessons at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in downtown Los Angeles, California for nearly a year with a cello professor (when I first started, I was at Suzuki book 4). I have never gotten to participate in music festivals, camps, and even less, competitions as my family is barely getting by with my private lessons. I am very much inspired to major in music, but at this point, I am unaware of what I can do within my power to come closer to this goal other than practicing. I am most definitely going to stay at my local community college for 2 years after graduation and then transfer.
Because I am not getting the true encouragement and support from my parents (they do not think that I will have a successful career in music if I major in it, but they still want me to eventually play well cello), I am rather lost as to what I can do within these coming two years to advance towards this goal. What type of scholarships should I be looking for? How can I boost my chances of being accepted into good music schools (other than practicing)? I have/am/always will be musically inspired, and I would be very thankful for some advice or references to different websites that will offer me additional information. Thank you in advance!
Answer by Amber Marie
Schools if not the problem, it is finding a job when you graduate. If you get a degree in Music Performance you will have to get your Masters and Ph. D. to be eligible for any sort of employment. Or you can get a BSE in Music and then teach K-12, you can’t teach with a BA. Or you could more practically study music as your minor. Getting into a program like music is a two step process: you have to be accepted into the university, based upon your grades, test scores, references, essay, etc. Then on top of that you’ll have to audition and be accepted into the music department. So work hard academically and practice. Scholarships will come from the school that you will be attending, but there are not many for music. If you are really good and they have an opening you can play in the local symphony for extra money. Where I live they are always looking for good strings. Also, you must to go a community college that has some sort of ensemble that you can play in if you want to transfer to a good school
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