Since I have been studying music, it has occurred to me that current and prospective music majors may not know exactly what each of the different music degrees mean and what they require. Each degree is different, and so it is important to know what the degree or degrees you are considering would entail. This is true whether or not you end up studying music. Each type of degree requires different classes, and each major within the type of degree has certain requirements. Be sure to look at the specifics of the colleges you are considering, because not all schools are the same. Before going into the different degrees, I want to stress that, if you want to get a degree in music, focus on schools that are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). These schools have to live up to certain standards, and attending a non-accredited school could cost you admission to graduate school or a job in music.
If you are worried about financing your post-secondary education, you are not alone. Many students have that same worry. College costs are rising, and community college is a good option, at least for the first two years of a degree. I am not going to to go into too much depth here, but community college does cost quite a bit less than a typical four-year university. You don’t have to factor in room and board, and tuition is significantly cheaper. Not all community college students are high school dropouts or parents or whatever the stereotype is. There are a good number of traditional college aged students attending community colleges. I was one. I went to a community college for a couple years and even received my associates degree. All I’m saying is don’t knock it until you try it.
If you are a high school senior or you are just preparing to apply to college no matter your age, this is the post for you. In this post, I will be giving some tips for how to do the best job when applying to different colleges. Please keep in mind that these tips come from my personal experience applying to schools, and the experience you have may be different. Nevertheless, you can still hopefully use these tips, even if it means making slight changes.
I have had experience working as both a high school and a college student, and I have also had experience with both high school and college without a job. So, which is better? I think it depends on the person, who you are and what your schedule is like can have a big impact on how well you would do as a student and an employee. For me, it depends on my schedule for the semester, but I prefer having no job if I can. In my situation, I am a music student, which music in itself is a job, but school and practicing music requires time that could be taken away from me if I had a job. I got my first job as a high school senior. I was a part time student and a family friend asked me to stop by in the middle of the day to check on their dog while they were away at work. It was that school year that I got another job (my first real job, you could say). This job was as an employee for a quick service restaurant. Quick service means you order and pay at the counter and the employees bring the food to the table; there may or may not be a drive thru. This job was good, not the greatest, but I was working with good people. In the months leading up to me quitting, I did not enjoy going to work really at all. As I would get ready for work, I yearned for the moment that I would stand in that spot taking my work clothes off. That has got to be a bad sign. I decided to quit at about the time that I was gearing up to transfer from a community college to a four-year university. I would still be living at home (although I later transferred to another university in a different area), but I ended up having three upper level courses, two of which were honors. I could have managed a job, but I would have had to sacrifice time in some other area, be it music, sleep, or my personal sanity. As nice as it is to have money, a job takes time. At that job, I usually worked Friday evenings from 5-10. That’s not a bad schedule, except it involved me driving out to a busy area right at rush hour and then working on my feet, in a busy drive thru, alone, for five hours, often without any breaks, even though I was scheduled for one. It was a five hour shift that took up more than six hours of my night. I decided at that point that I would rather work on building up a business that could be done from home. So, I quit, and while I’d be lying if I said I never looked back, when I do wish that I still had that job, I remind myself of how miserable it made me.
Today’s post is for the high school junior, the senior who has been putting it off, and the person who plans to go back to college. Tips for visit day! I have a few common tips that you have probably heard, but I also have some tips that you might not have heard of before. All tips are from my experience, and I hope you can learn a little something from them.