Music Majors

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by trumpetPA2009, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    BM and MA at WSU under Gerald Webster. Spokane Symphony, New World Philharmonic (as a springer in Boseman Montana) moved to Germany, freelanced a lot including tours. Burned out.
  2. mike ansberry

    mike ansberry Forte User

    Dec 30, 2003
    Clarksville, Tennessee, U
    Got an MME from North Texas State in 84. Thought I was going to be a player. Had no intention of EVER teaching. Got married and needed a steady job. Started teaching. Hated the first year. After that it has been FANTASTIC. I have found my niche.
  3. bockhaus

    bockhaus Pianissimo User

    May 11, 2008
    Spent 3 years at UW-Whitewater as a performance major. Quit and joined the real world. Fast forward 27 years, two kids through college, GM shutting down the local plant and only a year back on the horn. Now I'm back in school getting my BA in Music with a Business minor. The kids and professors have been great. What next? Maybe instrument repair.
  4. sayluvee

    sayluvee New Friend

    Mar 19, 2009
    I was a music major for 1 year (luckly I was good enough to get a scholarship and did not have to pay through the nose to learn to hate trumpet). Here are some of the things I learned:

    1- Learn piano before you go - seriously - it is very hard to learn piano in a room of 30 other students.

    2- Get a good lessons teacher (if you do not already have one) to break you of all your bad trumpet habits - college professors have little understanding

    3- Being a music major is just that you are majoring in MUSIC so trumpet playing is just a very small portion of that - I had 1 private lesson a week for 1/2 hour - I spent more time learning to play piano in a class room full of students then I did in trumpet lessons.

    4- Plan on doing some music related thing for a least 6 hours a day - theory, arranging, piano playing, lessons, ensembles, and then you have masters classes and required attendance at performances..........and then you get to practice piano, do your theory homework and then practice your trumpet.

    5- So you were the best trumpet player at your school - guess what so was everyone else who is there - trumpet playing is work - and if you want to stand out you will have to work hard .......... and probably know your place...........and kiss ass...........and be lucky.

    6- You will become the personal property of the music department - I am not kidding - I was most unfortunate that the music department head was also a trumpet player.... especially if you get a scholarship - ATTENDANCE IS NOT OPTIONAL FOR ANYTHING (this especially sucks because theory is always at 8 am).

    So yeah I dropped my music major..........but I am not a comeback player because unlike some of the others I did not stop altogether I just slammed on the breaks and slowed down. I play for community groups and pit orchestras.......of course church......and impart my knowledge on poor unsuspecting souls. All of which I enjoy immensely - trumpet playing for me is better as a "hobby" for lack of a better term but I have great respect for those who stayed the course (and I would venture a guess that college was "easy" compared to starting out as a pro). In hindsight I wish I would have at least kept up with private lessons and audited masters classes.....and after a decade or so I can say I am REALLY glad I just wasn't for me. I hope this helps.......

    Ps So where am I now - it turns out that I have this huge ego that can take hit so I was very successful at sales and marketing until I had my second kid and my husband got better job so I got to stop "working" and stay home with my boys. Ironically now I can safely say - the only thing I make any money at is actually playing my trumpet...

    "Sing me the Trumpet Mama.........Sing me the trumpet"

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