7. Music Majors Know What It Means to Feel Passion
Find me a music major who is boring.
Nearly every music major I have ever met has been a unique, interesting person.
This is the unique power of passion.
Waking up everyday, knowing what you want to do more than anything else, immersing yourself in your own mission…
Look, I’m not saying every music major ends up being a happy musician no matter what…
But, this is okay too, as letting yourself become a music major in the first place gives you a better sense of being surrounded by people who are imbibed with passion for doing what they love.
6. Music Majors Become Okay with Disappointment
I have never met a musician who was not turned down by someone.
We all have applied to competitions, colleges, scholarships, positions…
That we did not end up receiving.
And this, by itself, is one of the most important life lessons to learn.
People often mistake pain for something that is only bad.
However, the truth is that musicians who channel their disappointments into something productive that betters themselves ALWAYS win in the end.
And this is also true of non-music majors as well.
5. Music Students Are Not Stuck with One Thing for the Rest of Their Lives
I am about to get slightly metaphysical here, and perhaps controversial…
Money is not the purpose of life.
Money is simply a fuel – we need it to survive and to make some goals happen.
There are few careers offering more flexibility for a future career path than music.
For one, musicians who go to college can gain many skills beyond performing and working well in groups.
Students can learn about music business, music technology, playing in recording sessions, private & public education, conducting, recording…
Within the world of music itself, there are many amazing ways to make a career.
Compare this to someone who studies accounting…
You either become an accountant, or you go back to school for something else…
Music has far, far more flexibility and opportunity than most parents think!
Outside of music, students regularly go to graduate school for completely different majors.
It is not uncommon for students to go to graduate school for an MBA, a JD, or some other high level degree after music school.
It is also important to note – graduate programs don’t discriminate against students with music majors. In fact, many welcome this.
4. Musicians Have the Strongest, Most Supportive Community
It is amazing how every musician is connected to another musician through just one or two degrees of separation.
It is not uncommon to hear about how your friend met Lang Lang at Aspen backstage before your other friend turned pages for the Van Cliburn Gold Medal winner and later went to coffee with them only to then run into Maestro David Zinman who was on his way to conduct a local festival concert…
You get the idea.
This community breeds strength, and once you are fully immersed in a music degree, you will never run out of contacts and people in this industry.
Building relationships is essential to success in any field, and music hosts the strongest, most relationship-oriented community in the world.