So, you want to be a music performance major?

I’ve had a few students who have recently come to me, wanting to be music performance majors when they get to college. Students I’ve talked to about becoming a music major have all been interested in one day becoming a band director so this was a bit of a new thought process. The most recent student is mid-way through sophomore year so¬†I feel like it’s critical to get everything¬†on the right track now. So, here are some things I’ve come up with.¬†If I’ve left anything out, please add in the comments.

  • Start private lessons with a college professor.
  • Skype lessons with as many¬†professional musicians as I can connect with them.
  • Summer programs like Tanglewood or Interlochen.
  • Find as many performance gigs as possible.
  • Figure out where professional¬†performers went to school and look into the current procedures of auditioning at those locations.

What else?

Thanks for any input in advance.