5. Degree Paths
You’ve probably heard over and over, “What do you plan to study in college?” Once you answer, someone will inevitably follow up with “Why?” Many people know how to answer those questions, but even more don’t. In a recent study, researchers found that 80% of college freshmen aren’t really sure of their major, even if they declare one. Of those students, at least half will switch to something else, often more than once.
For those majoring in music, most people think that their only options are to perform or teach. However, not everyone wants to do either of those! There is an increasing number of other options within the music field. Furthermore, musicians develop many skills that can be easily translated to other professions! Did you know that music is one of the most frequent majors listed by students who get into law school after graduation? Also, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, 51% of humanities majors (which includes the arts) were accepted to medical schools in 2010.
How? Most musicians are very disciplined. You know how focused you need to be to practice one phrase to perfection! Music degrees are usually designed to teach students how to analyze information and communicate effectively, in addition to teaching them how to play their instrument well and perform under pressure. These are just the sort of skills you’ll need to be a doctor or lawyer and a contributing member of society in general.
Here at Mason, we try to meet our students’ needs by providing programs that allow them to explore their interests and enjoy their education. Check out our degree program listings to see what might be of interest to you!
It’s difficult to know what you plan to do with the rest of your life at age 16 or 17. The important thing to do is to choose a major that you’ll enjoy studying. Still, be sure to do your research on what you can do with that degree. That way the next time someone asks you those dreaded questions, you’ll be ready with your answer!