22 Struggles Every Music Major Knows

22 Struggles Every Music Major Knows

It only leads to treble.

1. Aural Skills

Just two simple words make anyone who has taken the class drop into the fetal position

2. Learning to read K Clefs

We might as well change the name of Middle C to "I go wherever the hell I want to go."

3. Learning foreign instruments

Every vocalist loathes the day he or she has to learn to play brass. "You mean a the note doesn't change just because I push a key? This is some kind of witchcraft!"

4. Theory

Never have I taken so much time to learn a million rules, just to then have someone tell me to break every single one.

5. Harmonic Intervals

Is it a Perfect Fourth or a Perfect Fifth? NO ONE KNOWS.

6. Lunch

Eating is something to be had only in dreams. We are determined to get into the dining hall on days when class gets out early.

7. "Music is the easiest major."

No one ever thinks music is a viable career choice, let alone an actual major. Unless you're going into education, you are not taken seriously.

8. Aural Skills

I can't hear if it is a Neapolitan chord. All I'm thinking about is ice cream.

9. Getting sick is not an option

Especially for singers, being sick means your instrument is broken. For those of us that are especially lucky, we don't get sick until the morning of our juries or a performance.

10. Juries

"I promise this was perfect in my lesson last week. Can't I just send you a video?"

11. Four hours of class is only one credit

Rehearsals, lessons, master classes. I say I'm only taking 15 credits, but my schedule shows 30.

12. "Don't you just pick up the instrument and play?"

People love to enjoy what we create, but no one seems to think it takes work.

13. Rehearsal

"Sorry, I can't do anything with you for the rest of my life. I have a rehearsal scheduled."

14. Aural Skills

I scraped by with a B? Perfect. I'll take it.

15. Math, math, and more math

Why didn't anyone tell me that I would have to do arithmetic and read Roman Numerals in order to be a musician?

16. Performing for peers

I'm not sure that my friends need to know how much I don't know this song.

17. 10,000 hours

The day you learned it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master any task was the day you gave up practicing.

18. Coffee

I need a bucket of coffee to get through any given day, but I can't afford it because no one will hire someone who only has 5 free hours a week.

19. Super Senior Year

Those who complete their degree in four years are like gods. How do they do it? The world will never know.

20. Living off of vending machine food

Because you don't get lunch, your meals generally come from the vending machines. You get unrealistically upset when your favorite vending machine stops supplying your daily Cheez-Its.

21. Never sleeping

By the time you get done with classes, finish with work, get home from your concert, and write that 8 page paper, it's time to wake up and do it all over again. It's normal - and even encouraged - to see people napping in the most uncomfortable places.

22. You are your biggest critic

While you applaud your friends anytime they are up on stage, your performances will never be good enough.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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