So you think you might want to major in music in college? These tips should help you succeed:

  • Practice, Practice, Practice!
  • Take piano/theory lessons!
  • Make good grades!
  • Research colleges and their audition requirements!
  • Convince the parents!

murphy-pic12Practice, Practice, Practice!
In college, you will need to practice your instrument a minimum of 60 minutes per day.   Start now!   And remember. . . practice doesn’t make perfect.  PERFECT practice makes perfect!

murphy-pic23Take Piano/Theory Lessons!
Music theory is the course that weeds out music majors.   Singers and instrumentalists only think about one note at a time, whereas pianists think about chords and how they relate to each other.   The better you play piano, the easier music theory will be!

murphy-pic3Make Good Grades!
No matter how talented you are, colleges are reluctant to take risks on students with low grades. The higher your GPA is, the more scholarships you can earn. . . both academic and music awards!

murphy-pic4Research College Audition Requirements!
Every music school has different requirements for their auditions. Do your homework and apply early! The longer you wait to audition, the less scholarship money they may have left.

murphy-pic5Convince the Parents!
If your parents are anything like mine, they may worry that you cannot earn a living in music.   Find out the employment rate for your top colleges.   At the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, for instance, we have a 100% employment rate of our Music Education graduates!   And in Texas, where the cost of living is low, the starting salary for new teachers is about $40K!

That’s not bad when you consider you’ll have summers off and also earn benefits! Plus, with a career in music, you can supplement your income substantially by teaching private lessons, getting a part-time church job, and playing for weddings. You’ll probably never be rich, but you can live very comfortably! And earning your living doing something you love is the key to happiness!