Major in music
The music field is much more than performing or teaching. If you feel that music is an important part of your life that you want to continue with, you should take a look at the websites below and explore the different music careers available to you.
Entering the music field requires a lot of independent work. It is something that needs forethought and disciplined research and practice. If a music career is something you desire, start sooner rather than later.
The following websites have a great deal of information about what to major in if you want some kind of career in music and how to begin the process.
This website has a wealth of information on different music careers. It also has a quiz you can take to help you determine what career in music would fit you best. It provides different articles updated regularly discussing different topics within each career.
This is another website with good information on choosing a music school. It also have information for parents, teachers, and counselors.
Application & Audition Timeline
This timeline is just for the music side of applications. You should still talk to your counselor about other college deadlines like general applications, early decision, FASFA, and other inmportant information.
March/April - Start looking at music schools and get an idea of what field they want go into
Summer - Look at audition pieces and each school's audition requirements
August - Look for and begin taking private lessons on a weekly basis if not already studying with a separate instructor
September - Finalize audition music and schedule you audition dates and times if possible
October - Contact music professors you would be studying with at each school: introduce yourself, inquire about the process, possibly schedule a lesson before the audition, and ask for additional resources to be successful in the audition
November - Know all of your music and other required audition material inside and out; Some auditions may be as early as November
December - Practice for others; feel comfortable performing your piece in front of anyone and in any enviroment
January/February - Most of your auditions will fall in these months.