I am a flutist too and it is GREAT that you love to play and want to make music your life. It’s a very tough business so go into it with your eyes open and NEVER let an opportunity pass you by no matter how small or irrelevant you believe it to be. Even options outside of the music major could later bring you connections that can lead to you playing in some capacity. It sounds like you’re well aware of your passion and now need to figure out how to direct it. Students major in music because they are so passionate about music that they can’t see themselves doing anything else. They’re willing to work incredibly hard in school – and afterwards, realizing they may never become famous and may never get an orchestra offer.
You should expect to learn how to develop lesson plans, manage a classroom, assess needs, and evaluate progress in order to provide the best outcomes for your students. Furthermore, you will likely take some childhood psychology and ethics courses. Most music education programs have students practice teaching at a local educational institution to fulfill relevant requirements for a teaching license.
Relevant history of the music business is also taught. The inner workings of the music industry are analyzed in order to understand how it operates in today’s world. Some areas of concentrations include record label creation, event management, artist management, and publishing. Universities around the world offer a bachelor’s degree to students who successfully complete an undergraduate program.
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If you’re the type of person who doesn’t mind being away from home for months at a time, then you may want to focus your coursework on tour management. In contrast, someone who hates long road trips would probably rather coordinate events at a local venue or manage projects at a record label. Students who are passionate about music but can’t identify what area of music to pursue often find the music programs at liberal arts colleges to be a good fit. Check out Majoring in Music at a Liberal Arts College for more on this. Many schools look beyond just freshman applicants, especially if they can utilize more of your particular instrument (i.e., clarinet) in the orchestra, ensembles, bands, etc. So if they think your combination of skills and interests would be a positive addition, they are likely to take a serious look at you.
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If you are passionate about music as well as working with students, then music education may be a direction to pursue. See if you can do some volunteer work alongside a music teacher, at an after school arts program, or an arts camp, to see whether this could be a good fit for you. Note that many music industry accounting music educators continue to perform, so it need not be an “either/or” decision. You didn’t say what you want to do in music industry so we’ll just offer some generic information. Look at the application requirements for music industry programs at schools on MajoringInMusic.com to get started.
I have experience as a piano accompanist for high school choirs, doing that for 5 years. Throughout high school I was in jazz band and choir and such. I can do some jazz improvisation because of jazz band. Also I’ve played in rock bands through the years, which helped develop my ability to learn music by ear.