Colleges for non-major musicians

said: Apr 6, 2007
 89 posts

My daughter loves music and can’t envision a life without playing after all these years, but definitely doesn’t want to be a music major. Does anyone know of colleges that would provide opportunities for chamber music and private lessons for non-majors? Dare I mention scholarships too? :)

Connie Sunday said: Apr 6, 2007
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

wonky

My daughter loves music and can’t envision a life without playing after all these years, but definitely doesn’t want to be a music major. Does anyone know of colleges that would provide opportunities for chamber music and private lessons for non-majors? Dare I mention scholarships too? :)

I think pretty much all universities have lessons for non-majors. I had a Teaching Assistantship at UC Irvine, and taught non-majors private lessons. But that’s everywhere. Also, I don’t think anyone would object if a non-major signed up for chamber music.

In terms of scholarships, there are many schools which have so-called “orchestra scholarships.” These are akin to football scholarships, in that if the student commits to playing in the orchestra (which usually entails Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, for two and half hours each rehearsal, plus 2-3+ concerts in the evening, per term), then the student can get a tuition waiver.

University orchestras have to fill their string sections, in much the same way they have to make full sports teams. I always use this analogy with my students. And I went through college and graduate schools on similar scholarships, myself.

The way to go about this, IMO, is to contact the private teacher at the school(s) you’re interested in, and consult with them about this, versus just applying cold. This teacher is either on the committee which decides who gets a scholarship, or is consulted about it and has the final or important say. Always approach this teacher with great respect, audition with them privately, and even, if you can, take some lessons from them, first. Just have your child call them and say “I want to study with you.” This is usually flattering and since it’s true, effective.

Hope this helps,
Connie

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said: Apr 6, 2007
 89 posts

Thanks Connie—this is new territory for us, so your advice is most appreciated!

Connie Sunday said: Apr 6, 2007
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

wonky

Thanks Connie—this is new territory for us, so your advice is most appreciated!

You’re welcome! Some schools give orchestra scholarships to non-majors, some don’t. You have to do some research, and find out. But some do.

An alternative would be to minor in music, which is going to open more doors, I think. I had a friend at Rice (and still friends with her), who got two undergraduate degrees, one in french horn and one in chemistry, and she also got the MM in music. So there are a lot of possibilities.

Best wishes!
Connie

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