So…college time…four classes per semester at three credits each…maybe a fifth class with one of them being a four-credit lab just because you’re so gosh-darn hardworking.
Nope. Sorry to burst your bubble, but that kind of a schedule is for many of the other non-music majors. Even taking a fifth year of some extra studies voluntarily and stretching out my plan a bit to let me breathe, I never had a semester where I only had four or five “classes” to worry about. I think my record was somewhere around sixteen-ish at one point. Yes, this includes private lessons and ensembles because you’re a music major. It’s what you do.
…and your non-music friends won’t care. They don’t have to; they’ll be busy with what they have to do in between wild parties four nights a week, and you’ll be busy doing what you have to do. Your college major (and how much time you give to various parts of your life) is your choice. You have a lot more choices to make in life, and few things worth having come easy, so be prepared to jump through some hoops if music really is your passion. Flaming hoops. Suspended above a shark tank. And you’re a cat.
Oh man. Majoring in music is going to be awesome! You’ll be playing your instruments constantly, getting to hang with professional players on a regular basis, making musical contac…what? 8 AM classes EVERY DAY your first semester? That’s it. Might as well go major in something else where you can sleep until noon at the earliest every day.
Know what else you have to pick responsible bedtimes for and wake up at particular times to not be late to things? Real life. Again, if you’re not willing to jump through those flaming sea-kitten hoops I mentioned earlier, maybe you shouldn’t be planning on spending your life doing it.
As a freshman meeting new people, you’re naturally going to draw on your most recent experiences as a means of validating yourself to the strangers you’re going to be spending several years with. Everyone likes being impressive to some degree, even people who are modest and able to keep their egos in check. You want everyone to think you’re legit, and you must be a good player if your high school’s marching band were national champions of your division or if the jazz band got a gold rating at three competitions.
No one cares. More specifically, no one who matters cares. You may be carrying some awesome success stories of your high school’s ensembles with you, and those memories are definitely worth holding on to. However, you’re going to be interacting with the big fish of the other small high school ponds as well as many working and relevant professionals in the field almost every day. In fact, to get the most out of your time in music school, you need to meet and interact with as many people who can hand your metaphorical musical buns to you on a golden platter of sunshine and diamonds as much as possible.
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