Importance of Undergrad Music Degree for Grad School?
Date: September 10, 2012
I'm currently a junior at a small but good liberal arts school, and am having something of a crisis about my major. I'm obviously not sure what I want to do with myself career-wise, but choral conducting is a distinct possibility. The only problem is, I'm really ambivilant about the music major here. It's the most restrictive major my school offers in terms of required classes, some of the professors (teaching required courses) are ones I want to avoid, the major makes it very difficult to study abroad, etc. There are other majors at this school that I find myself much more actively drawn towards, and actually find myself excited about pursuing.
However, I don't want a decision that I make now to shut me out of a career in choral conducting (or something otherwise musical), or make it impossible for me to get into grad school, or anything like that. So: in your experience, how necessary is an undergraduate degree in music for getting into music grad programs (conducting or otherwise)?
(Before you suggest it, I don't want to double major--I'd rather have a single major and the flexibility to take more classes in all different departments.)
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