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    College music programs booming despite economic bust

    "College music programs booming despite economic bust

    Applications are soaring at music schools across the country, often mirroring the overall rise in college enrollment but in many cases surpassing the interest in other disciplines. Never mind that the chances of landing a paying job in a decent-size symphony orchestra have diminished, with many ensembles going out of business in recent years. Never mind that jazz clubs are becoming an endangered species.

    More students want to stake their futures on the seemingly rarefied art of music. And parents are not only letting them—they're paying for it."

    "An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have, but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them."

    - Andy Warhol

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    Re: College music programs booming despite economic bust

    Couple of points:

    First, the operative word is "applications". Show me the number of graduates, those who stuck with it and actually earned a degree. Perhaps the parents are so willing because they are already suspecting that their children will change majors, or they realize that a degree in music is also good preparation for a masters in other fields as well.

    Second, why do people think that symphonies and jazz clubs are the only places musicians work? It would be great if the AFofM or local universities would mount a PR campaign to educate the public on all the various performance opportunities available to qualified musicians. Of course, there are numerous other career paths as well - teaching (public and private), production, composition/arranging, music copying/prep, retailing, etc.

    Third, at the Texas Music Educators annual convention, before each All-State ensemble performance, the MC announces the average SAT score for that ensemble, and it is always several hundred points above the state average, which is often above the national average. Parents know that participation in music is an excellent preparation for any career path.
    Paul Baker
    Baker's Jazz And More
    Austin, Texas, USA

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