You learned an instrument, joined the band (or maybe several bands), and generally fell in love with the musician’s life. Now, with college on the horizon, you started entertaining the thought of taking your love of music with you to school and making it your major.
Does getting a music degree just mean locking yourself in practice room all day, emerging only to attend orchestra, wind ensemble, or choir rehearsals? How will studying music at college prepare you, an aspiring professional musician or music teacher, for a job after graduation?
Gregory Jones, chair of IPFW’s Department of Music, says the key difference for his department is providing students with opportunities for “real-world” experiences. We sat down with Jones to discuss how his department creates meaningful experiential learning for students who want to do more than spend four years rehearsing.