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  • For many teens who study music the question eventually comes up: should I major in music in college? The answer to this question is not easy. Ultimately, it will require some personal soul-searching along with plenty of counsel from the student’s teachers and parents. It requires an analysis of whether the student is well suited—in musical skill, work ethic and determination—for studying music in college and, most importantly, what realistic life and career goals that course of study will serve. If big these questions are answered satisfactorily, majoring in music can not only be a very rewarding collegiate experience, but the opening to a world of both future satisfaction and financial stability.

    Making the Decision to Major in Music in College

    For many teens who study music the question eventually comes up: should I major in music in college? The answer to this question is not easy. Ultimately, it will require some personal soul-searching along with plenty of counsel from the student’s teachers and parents. It requires an analysis of whether the student is well suited—in musical skill, work ethic and determination—for studying music in college and, most importantly, what realistic life and career goals that course of study will serve. If big these questions are answered satisfactorily, majoring in music can not only be a very rewarding collegiate experience, but the opening to a world of both future satisfaction and financial stability.

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  • This is a question to which every music major must developed a strong, satisfactory answer. What are your goals in pursuing a degree in music? Are they reasonable? Will they lead to a career in which you can support yourself and your family? Do you love music enough to make it this big of a part of your life?  A music degree can take you in a lot of directions, often ones that you never anticipated as you began. It is your responsibility to make sure you end up where you want to go.

    Why Major in Music?

    This is a question to which every music major must developed a strong, satisfactory answer. What are your goals in pursuing a degree in music? Are they reasonable? Will they lead to a career in which you can support yourself and your family? Do you love music enough to make it this big of a part of your life? A music degree can take you in a lot of directions, often ones that you never anticipated as you began. It is your responsibility to make sure you end up where you want to go.

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  • You have been preparing your whole life in school to enter into a major such as math, science or literature in college.  Music is no easy exception.  A music major entering into college is expected to have a set of skills and knowledge that also take years to develop.  Here is a quick overview of what those expectation are.

    What Can I do Now to Prepare for Majoring in Music in College?

    You have been preparing your whole life in school to enter into a major such as math, science or literature in college. Music is no easy exception. A music major entering into college is expected to have a set of skills and knowledge that also take years to develop. Here is a quick overview of what those expectation are.

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  • In cursorily observing the accomplishments of the castrati it is easy to conclude that the procedure of castration does something amazing to a boy’s throat to make him an incredible vocalist. This, however, is not completely true.  Certain abnormalities caused by pre-pubertal castration, in conjunction with extensive training equipped the castrati to potentially sing in a way that cannot without these procedures be replicated.

    The Castrati (Part 3): The Castrati Advantage

    In cursorily observing the accomplishments of the castrati it is easy to conclude that the procedure of castration does something amazing to a boy’s throat to make him an incredible vocalist. This, however, is not completely true. Certain abnormalities caused by pre-pubertal castration, in conjunction with extensive training equipped the castrati to potentially sing in a way that cannot without these procedures be replicated.

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  • As musical tastes moved from polyphony to monody and operas began to be performed, castrati were initially no more favored than any other voice type: roles were assigned to whomever was available, regardless of their register.  By 1680, however, the castrati had taken over the leading and often the secondary roles in the opera.

    The Castrati (Part 2): Castrati in Opera

    As musical tastes moved from polyphony to monody and operas began to be performed, castrati were initially no more favored than any other voice type: roles were assigned to whomever was available, regardless of their register. By 1680, however, the castrati had taken over the leading and often the secondary roles in the opera.

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