For Music Students ... Past, Present & Future!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by brassneck, Jun 28, 2005.

  1. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    If you were not studying music, what other subject would you committed to? For non-music students/graduates, would you have considered music as a major instead of what you're doing/did?
  2. Andy_Euph

    Andy_Euph Active Member

    I was going to do history at university up until about 2 days before I had to send off my ucas form...I decided against it as I didn't want to spend all of my time stuck in a library somewhere, and thought that if I was going to be studying for another few years I might as well do something I enjoyed rather than it being because it was my best subject.

    On the other hand if I hadn't gone to university I suppose that i'd either be working in a shop somewhere or in the army....or the dole:rolleyes:
  3. cornetblower

    cornetblower Member

    I did maths. I never really considered studying music & don't regret it. Having music as a hobby is a great way to switch off after work.
  4. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    My best subjects outside music at school were both maths and physics, but I was caught up in the passion of banding and wanted to continue. Shame there wasn't a syllabus for tenor horn at the time, as I had no choice but to play french horn from scratch and use piano as my second subject. I chose another subject after college to study for a degree, but 2 years out of maths/physics was too long a gap to revive them.
  5. Craigsav83

    Craigsav83 Active Member

    Well, I was the complete opposite. I have studied science for a couple of years, but I'm starting afresh at Salford in September studying music.

    Two reasons really, the science course wasnt doing anything for me, and doing the field trips are really physically demanding (I have suffered a recurring back complaint which doesnt allow me to do much of the physical work :-? ) Plus, I was getting really fed up of everyone asking why I wasnt actually studying music! I have got just about as far as I possibly can by myself, so it was the "now or never" desicion to go for it.

    I will eventually go back to finish my degree in the sciences through the Open University.
  6. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    Interestingly enough, I orginally had ambitions of double majoring in music and Mechincal Engineering when I first went to uni, but the ME dept wasn't to keen on that.

    So I decided to take music courses until I got close enough to do both. That ended real quick my first term when I got kicked out of music theory for no reason other than I was not a music major (and didn't pass some repetoire test - I was in the top 25% of the class at the time :S)

    ah I still get to do music, but only as a hobby.
  7. T-Horn

    T-Horn Member

    I was considering doing biology at university. I've really enjoyed my time studying at the RNCM and now i've graduated I'm going to complete a biology degree via the open university. I hope it's going to be as much fun as music was!!!!
  8. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

    Up until Xmas i was going to do Law and Criminology at uni, untill i realised that if i did i wouldnt have so much time for music and decided i coudlnt live with out my music!
    Had always wanted to be a teacher before i went to college, and after spending time in a school it made me realise 100% that teaching was for me, and this way i get the best of both worlds cos i can do music as part of my degree :)
  9. sparkling_quavers

    sparkling_quavers Active Member

    I did think about taking the music route, as it was something I was interested in. I ended up taking the science route - the english system of A levels means students tend to specialise in an broad subject area at age 16-18, then degrees are very narrow and in-depth on a small subject. So it is easy to get pigeon-holed into areas. I did a degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology and then teacher training.
  10. Darth_Tuba

    Darth_Tuba Active Member

    I'm doing a Masters in Chemistry. Music probably would have been an option had I studied it earlier, but I didn't bother with it even at GCSE (mainly due to the poor music department at my school and many taking it as a "doss" subject). All my A levels were science/maths based so really felt I had to go into sciences at uni.
  11. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

    Hmmmm, i would say A levels are pretty intense, especailly having to study 3, 4 or even 5 subjects (yes.....i did do 5 subjects last year and i know im crazy!) in as much detail as i have had too, Psychology and law i found particualary difficults as the amount of information we had to learn was immense, there were only 3 questions in the exams. I think GCSE can be described as a Broad subject area, but A levels are a lot more specialised, and therefore intense.......sometimes to the point of nervous breakdown! :frown:

    A Lot of people have said that they found A levels harder than their degree?
  12. sterlingsop

    sterlingsop Member

    I wish I'd gone to uni at the right time, and now at (nearly) 34 feel it's a bit too late to go back to student life. I would have studied English Lit or history at the time, but if I was a student now I'd be up there in Preston doing forensic science.

    With family and work commitments now, I'm left with the OU route - it's going slowly, but I'll get there eventually!
  13. NeilW

    NeilW Member

    I did Chemical Engineering (a long time ago) at the college "next door to the RCM".

    Now I'm in the middle of an MSc in Computer Science with the OU (well a Diploma to be strictly accurate - it converts to an MSc with a discertation).

    I don't even have an O-Level in Music - like other posters I wanted to keep it as my hobby and chose not to do any accedemic studies in it. Plus I was pretty good at Latin, and our choice was Latin or Music!

    Maybe I should do GCSE music some time as an evening class :D (when I've a little more time)

  14. Liz Courts

    Liz Courts Active Member

    I'm going to do music at Plymouth Uni in October. I always wanted to study music, but if I did decide to change my mind, I'd probably do photography at Falmouth College of Arts! :)
  15. Chris Sanders

    Chris Sanders Active Member

    If I hadnt done a music degree, id have become an electrician...
  16. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    There are a lot of chemists / chemistry related people on here, aren't there :D

    My degree's in Organic with Medicinal Chemistry. I was doing maths, physics, chemistry, biology and general studies at A level along with studies towards an ALCM, but then the music teacher departed so that went out of the window (along with the general studies!).

    It was suggested at one point that I should've looked at music tech courses (which were much thinner on the ground in the late 80s early 90s), but ended up doing chemistry instead. It was either that or physics with electronics.

    My recording interest is starting to turn things full circle...and to think I almost specialised in quantum chemistry :eek:
  17. yogi1000

    yogi1000 Member

    I've been studying Music for nearly 4 years now at Cardiff University - 3 years undergrad and 1 year masters which I'm half way through.

    I can honestly say that I've had a brilliant time down in South Wales and would recommend anybody with a slight interest in studying Music at a higher level to seriously consider it. From what I have seen during my time in Cardiff, I can say that the Music department is by far the most friendly department in the whole University. This is probably due to it being a small department compared to the thousands that study Law or Sciences and because of all of the extra time the students spend together during rehearsals and concerts.

    I would say that any person out there who has a vested interest in Music should at least consider studying Music if they are going to University and would like a career in the business after they finish. Also, if you imagine all of the good times you have with Brass Banding, imagine it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A Music degree also looks good on the CV with all of the time spent interacting with other people (rehearsals) and on your own (practising) means that you're an all-round person who can put his/her hand towards anything.

    Just a slight word of caution though - people think that going off to University means 3 years of doing no work and getting a good quality qualification at the end of it - believe me it really isn't like that. You do have to do a lot of work and rehearsals concerts mean that you have to put in a lot of time doing extra-curricular activities.

    Oh, and just a quick word to the thread about thinking it's too late to do a Music degree - I had somebody in my year at Uni that graduated last year that was in his 80's!
  18. sevenhelz

    sevenhelz Active Member

    Haven't had time to read the full thread, but I just finished English Language and Theatre Studies at A level, as well as music of course! If for some reason I wasn't going on to do music I would consider further language studies, possibly to go into linguistics. I once even thought of acting, but I'm not terribly talented at that! Music seems like the easiest route for me :)
  19. HANNAH

    HANNAH Member

    Not carrying on to to do a music degree was one of the biggest mistakes i've ever made. I changed my mind for a number of reasons, almost forced into it in a way. This was only a month or so before I finished ALevels. UCAS forms had all gone off, I'd had auditions, had offers etc etc, then didn't go through with it. I did American Studies instead., one of the biggest dos courses out there including a year spent in America. Luckily I worked round my universitys rules and instead of taking the classes I was supposed to take while in America I took almost all music classes and joined bands out year and had the best year of my life. It just made me realise that I should have stuck with music in the 1st place.

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