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Topic: Who has music degrees? What kind and why?
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posted: 3/19/2005 at 8:50:10 PM ET
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I'm thinking of getting a degree in music and am in need of advice from those who have accomplished this. Which focus did you study? Pedagogy? Jazz Studies? Performance? Theory? Do you feel your choice was the right one or would you have done it differently? I'm considering going the route of getting a degree in something other than music (business, maybe), but getting a minor in music (to be more saavy concerning the business side of music). Your thoughts on this? Thanks.

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posted: 3/19/2005 at 10:34:53 PM ET
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My undergrad was in Music Education-Percussion major. My masters is a MEd- Teacher Leadership/Technology.

What you go into depends on what you want to do. If oyur a stud player then you might consider performance, but remeber that playing for a living is a dog-eat-dog world. A music ed major limits you to school education, private teaching, or church music.
In undergrad I studied primarily concert performance and jazz. Pedagogy,theory, performace, and jazz were ALL part of my curriculum.
Unless you plan to teach in college,I would avoid theory, composition, pedagogy as a primary focus. Too few jobs. If you major is music, then focus on education or performance. If music is a minor, then focus on performance.

You might also consider instrument repair. I have heard that it is a growing field.

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