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Author: Barbra Weidlein

Barbra Weidlein is co-founder and director of MajoringInMusic.com, which provides the tools and guidance to empower smart decisions and choices about majoring in music and establishing a viable career in music.

Posted July 23, 2018, 8 a.m. by Barbra Weidlein | View Comments
Doctor playing ukulele and wearing white coat.

Are you passionate about science – and your trombone? Do you picture yourself becoming a doctor – and still want to sing? Are you an aspiring audio engineer who excels in physics? Are you trying to figure out how to put together a career in mathematics without giving up the violin? If you’re a strong STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) student and a proficient musician, there’s good news: When you graduate from high school, you can do both. An increasing number of students are finding creative ways to keep their STEM interest and love of music alive in college ...

Posted April 26, 2018, 8 a.m. by Barbra Weidlein | View Comments
Male sound engineer working on a sound board as part of his music career.

Although many musicians perform, most don’t rely only on performance to meet their financial and career needs. Making it in classical ensemble or musical theater, as a singer/songwriter, or with a band can be a slow and uneven journey – even when it works! And not every musician wants to perform. So what else can you do with your life if you really want to major in music? Here are some options. 1. Music Technology If you’re passionate about music and consider yourself a computer nerd, music technology may be a good fit. Many music schools offer majors in recording, ...

Posted Dec. 12, 2017, 8 a.m. by Barbra Weidlein | View Comments
5 Reasons To Be Brave Enough To Major in Music in College

Are you apprehensive about majoring in music? Are your parents worried about a performing arts degree or trying to convince you to go in another direction? Here are the top five concerns music students have shared with me over and over again as they approach their college applications. If any of these ring true for you, addressing them directly will help you get to a place of making better choices and decisions that will serve you well in college and beyond. Some of these questions are applicable to any performing or visual arts student who is trying to decide on ...

Posted April 14, 2017, 9 a.m. by Barbra Weidlein | View Comments

The arts enhance just about any aspect of education so most college-prep boarding schools offer classes in the arts. But for students who are passionate about the arts and want a stronger arts focus during their high school years, an arts boarding school may be a dream come true. Arts boarding schools can engage you in the arts as deeply as you want to go. Graduates of these programs often head to conservatories or college and university arts programs to major in the area they focused on in high school. Others discover a new passion while attending an arts boarding ...

Posted Oct. 24, 2016, 9 a.m. by Barbra Weidlein | View Comments
Arts kid? How to find your Audience on Social Media

You may have forgotten there was ever a time when you weren’t connecting with friends, family and total strangers on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Google+, Tumblr, YouTube, Vine or Twitter; through online pinboards like Pinterest; and on texting and messaging apps like Kik or WhatsApp. Social media channels provide fast and easy ways to stay in touch with whomever and whatever you’re interested in, no matter where you are. As you grow your art form, you’ll probably join other artists in using social media to announce upcoming performances and shows, connect with fans, share music or videos, raise money for your ...