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I'm really into music production, so audio editing and production is what I'm really passionate about, but my college doesn't have any classes for it :/


Maybe look into certain bands or music groups that may be in need of an editor so that you can get a feel for the job and decide if that's a career for you. That's a safe route because most jobs aren't what they seem. You can't change your college? And that's kinda absurd. I thought most colleges offered at least some sort of major/minor for music.
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I'm really into music production, so audio editing and production is what I'm really passionate about, but my college doesn't have any classes for it :/


Maybe look into certain bands or music groups that may be in need of an editor so that you can get a feel for the job and decide if that's a career for you. That's a safe route because most jobs aren't what they seem. You can't change your college? And that's kinda absurd. I thought most colleges offered at least some sort of major/minor for music.


It's a community college so it's kind of limited. And i can't really afford to go to an expensive college. Community college is very cheap.
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It's a community college so it's kind of limited. And i can't really afford to go to an expensive college. Community college is very cheap.


Oh, then it's that specific college that doesn't support music majors. I attend community college and there are various music majors. I took one (needed an elective) so I took up Music Appreciation and I learned a good amount of music history. Maybe a different community college? :p
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It's a community college so it's kind of limited. And i can't really afford to go to an expensive college. Community college is very cheap.


Oh, then it's that specific college that doesn't support music majors. I attend community college and there are various music majors. I took one (needed an elective) so I took up Music Appreciation and I learned a good amount of music history. Maybe a different community college? :p


It has music appreciation but it doesn't have audio production and music production which is what i'm looking for.
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It has music appreciation but it doesn't have audio production and music production which is what i'm looking for.


Well, music appreciation is just a class, so... Anyways, is it not in the budget to send you off to a different college? I'm sure there are other community colleges that offer more choices in your search. Regardless, if I were in your shoes with the knowledge I have now, I'd try to job first before "careering" it.
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from my freshman to junior in HS I wanted to take BA Mass Communication, I wanted to take a major that dwells with my skills like video / photo editing, journalism and of the like but
it was only until i was in my senior year that I decided to take a major in IT, I got influenced by my computer teacher at the time and i realized how much I liked coding and web design.

my mom was encouraging me to take on a major in Nursing but I never liked anything that has to do with hospitals - x -
it was my dad who told me that i should take a course i will enjoy or else my uni/college life would be a waste and i would hate going to school for it. I have to say my dad was right tho, I do not feel like every school day is a drag and I look forward to school days because I know I will enjoy the (major) subjects I will be taking. I have just started my 2nd year of college and I currently have no regrets with the course I chose.

I guess the only thing I can suggest is that take whatever you feel is right for you, make sure it will be something you can enjoy. Personally, I wouldn't care whether or not other people found my course "useful" or "practical" as long as I can enjoy my college life as it is.
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I think probably 90% of freshmen entering college really have no idea what they want to do, although many of them actually do declare majors their freshman year. This is why most American colleges and universities try to get the freshmen and sophmores to focus the first two years of college on core requirements such as math, science, and English skills. This gives you a little time to try out various electives and see what people in various majors are studying so that you get a better idea of what you'd be good at, or enjoy doing.

One thing my family encouraged though was to take a look at what kind of jobs you could get after college with your major. Things to consider - If I take this major do I have to get a Masters or PhD in order to find decent jobs in the field, will I end up doing stuff I hate until I get those higher degrees? This is frequently the case with majors like Psychology, History, or others that lead to academic jobs. Will the major lead to a degree that helps me find steady work? Degrees such as Music Performance or Photography may lead to jobs but you aren't going to make a steady salary or living performing at weddings or selling photos to magazines.

I had a teacher once who pointed out that the only job that will ALWAYS be needed is undertakers. However, just about any job in health related fields such as nursing, doctor, med tech, is always going to be needed and are frequently in short supply even in small towns.

I started college with big plans to go to Law School - so I declared a major in one of the "three most likely to get into law school" majors with my minor being another of those three. By the time I was a senior I ended up reversing my major and minor because I enjoyed the minor more and had more credits towards graduation in it. I also never got into law school - I took the LSAT and applied to about 5 schools which was all my family could afford to apply to, and I didn't get accepted at any of them. Which actually was OK because I had discovered I liked computers so I ended up getting my masters degree in computer systems management instead.
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I picked a major because it sounded cool, lol. I'm a criminology student. Most of the classes seem to bore you but when you get to the higher levels in the American university system they get more interesting and specialized which allows you to narrow your field of view for potential jobs.

I'm guessing you have to pick a major before you got to school, I had to declare a major before I got there in order to get my scholarship, I would recommend looking up careers, all careers have boring parts look at what interests you and try to find a job to match.

For example, I like outdoors stuff, like fishing, diving, and hunting, so I picked criminology that way I an become a game warden.
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I picked a major because it sounded cool, lol. I'm a criminology student. Most of the classes seem to bore you but when you get to the higher levels in the American university system they get more interesting and specialized which allows you to narrow your field of view for potential jobs.

I'm guessing you have to pick a major before you got to school, I had to declare a major before I got there in order to get my scholarship, I would recommend looking up careers, all careers have boring parts look at what interests you and try to find a job to match.

For example, I like outdoors stuff, like fishing, diving, and hunting, so I picked criminology that way I an become a game warden.


To become a game warden or to work in the National Park System you could also have taken forestry, agriculture, marine biology, veterinary medicine, or geology.
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I picked a major because it sounded cool, lol. I'm a criminology student. Most of the classes seem to bore you but when you get to the higher levels in the American university system they get more interesting and specialized which allows you to narrow your field of view for potential jobs.

I'm guessing you have to pick a major before you got to school, I had to declare a major before I got there in order to get my scholarship, I would recommend looking up careers, all careers have boring parts look at what interests you and try to find a job to match.

For example, I like outdoors stuff, like fishing, diving, and hunting, so I picked criminology that way I an become a game warden.


To become a game warden or to work in the National Park System you could also have taken forestry, agriculture, marine biology, veterinary medicine, or geology.


Yeah but the school I go to is known for criminology, plus criminology provides more job security than the others. But most jobs are interdisciplinary, so multiple different majors would work for them.
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Yeah but the school I go to is known for criminology, plus criminology provides more job security than the others. But most jobs are interdisciplinary, so multiple different majors would work for them.


Well I didn't know that was what your school is known for. But you're right - that was kind of the point I was hoping to make is that you can follow your dream in multiple different ways. It sounded like in your case that would be something that lets you spend time in the great outdoors. Considering all the wildfires out west right now another good major would be fire engineering. Additionally Wilderness Medicine is becoming a big thing because so many people are into adventure vacations now and a lot of the agencies that set those up like to have a doctor on each trip just in case.
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I'm 27 now and I've never been to college. I've been working in the medical field for some time and thought maybe I want to do something in sonography or radiology? Also wondering if music education would be worth it since i play guitar. People want to live comfortably or at least that's what I want and not sure music education would give me that. It's a hard choice to make and I feel that a lot of ppl waste going to college for 4 years and then work at retail, etc.
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I like to believe that college is a place where u can find what you want to do, so it's ok not to be sure about it now. Trust me, you don't want to pursue a career that u don't like and then only realize ten years later. I have a lot of friends who are in this situation. In the French system which I come from for instance, they require you to start speciallizing in the first year of high school. U should what u feel u like and "can" do. In fact u should do what u're better at. The other part is being patient too, cause sometimes you'll come to enjoy some courses as you dive deeper into them. Luck to you my friend
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I'm 27 now and I've never been to college. I've been working in the medical field for some time and thought maybe I want to do something in sonography or radiology? Also wondering if music education would be worth it since i play guitar. People want to live comfortably or at least that's what I want and not sure music education would give me that. It's a hard choice to make and I feel that a lot of ppl waste going to college for 4 years and then work at retail, etc.


You asked about music so I can help with that. When you study music, you either study "performance" or "education." That means you're studying to either be a performer or a school teacher.

I have a cousin who got her Bachelors and Masters in music performance. She's a professional harpist with about 4 CDs available on CD baby. She teaches harp lessons in her home, and performs at weddings and other events. In the past, she was the music coordinator for various churches but even that is only part time. If your very good you might get a full time job with an orchestra or something like that, but in general the earnings are not steady or stable and you have to do your own financial planning for retirement since you are generally self employed.

My sister on the other hand got her Bachelors and Masters in music education. She has a full time job teaching music at an elementary school and she supplements her income by playing flute at various events. She could also teach individual lessons in her home if she wanted to. She has a stable income, and her retirement account via the State. However, music is one of the first programs schools will cut if there are budget issues and it can be difficult to find a full time job as a music teacher. Luckily the "education" training you get allows you to teach any grade or subject, not just music and you'll be a certified teacher at either the elementary or secondary level.

Hopefully that helps answer your questions about studying music at a college level?
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RogerMD wrote:

I'm 27 now and I've never been to college. I've been working in the medical field for some time and thought maybe I want to do something in sonography or radiology? Also wondering if music education would be worth it since i play guitar. People want to live comfortably or at least that's what I want and not sure music education would give me that. It's a hard choice to make and I feel that a lot of ppl waste going to college for 4 years and then work at retail, etc.


You asked about music so I can help with that. When you study music, you either study "performance" or "education." That means you're studying to either be a performer or a school teacher.

I have a cousin who got her Bachelors and Masters in music performance. She's a professional harpist with about 4 CDs available on CD baby. She teaches harp lessons in her home, and performs at weddings and other events. In the past, she was the music coordinator for various churches but even that is only part time. If your very good you might get a full time job with an orchestra or something like that, but in general the earnings are not steady or stable and you have to do your own financial planning for retirement since you are generally self employed.

My sister on the other hand got her Bachelors and Masters in music education. She has a full time job teaching music at an elementary school and she supplements her income by playing flute at various events. She could also teach individual lessons in her home if she wanted to. She has a stable income, and her retirement account via the State. However, music is one of the first programs schools will cut if there are budget issues and it can be difficult to find a full time job as a music teacher. Luckily the "education" training you get allows you to teach any grade or subject, not just music and you'll be a certified teacher at either the elementary or secondary level.

Hopefully that helps answer your questions about studying music at a college level?


Yes, that's definitely helpful. Thank you for that! I was thinking music education since my guitar teacher mentioned I should . Again I'm unsure because he went to Berklee College of Music and back then he said it cost $10,000 a year. Now tuition is close to 50k plus a year. Of course I know that's just Berklee I'm stating but being in that kinda debt isn't something I look forward to lol.
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