I recently graduated from a state university with a B.S. in Psychology. I also received a minor in music. During my time in school I was interested in all sorts of areas - psychology, music, art, and Latin were among my favorites. I was very close to majoring in music composition, but thanks to a few too many curmudgeonly professors in the department, I decided not to pursue it.
This is a decision I have ended up regretting. I feel as though I’ve wasted four years of education studying a subject (Psychology) that I have no intention of using in the future. During my last year of school I realized that I didn’t want a career in psychology after all, and finished my classes only in order to graduate and to rethink my life’s direction.
I’d like to start studying music again (not that I have ever stopped studying on my own time). But I’m certain that I lack the credentials that a graduate program would be looking for. Although I know a lot of theory, I don’t have the courses to prove it. For the most part, I have studied music theory in my free time, with some assistance from my mother (a piano teacher) when I was younger. But I know this wouldn’t impress anyone. I have taken years of violin, piano, guitar and clarinet classes during my life, but my transcript wouldn’t reflect this either.
Basically - I fear that any graduate program would not give me a second look, given my major and my apparent lack of formal music education. I’d really love to immerse myself in the world of composition and orchestration, but I feel like I’ve already blown my chance .
I’d appreciate any advice from Dopers who studied music at a graduate level. Programs you’d recommend, the experience you had before applying, that sort of thing. What was your audition like? And please let me know if I have no chance at this. :smack: