Career Project Music Education/ Music Performance
Description Music Education • Work full time or part time out of their house, in a studio, or in an elementary or secondary school • Direct one or a variety of either chorus, orchestra, marching band, and concert band. • Give private lessons to students Music Performance • Playing instruments for a living • Perform in orchestras, bands, rock groups, theatrical presentations, or jazz “combos.” • Some also give private lessons to help make a living.
Working Conditions and Duties of the Career Music Education • Teachers have set schedules, must adhere to policies, and may have non-teaching duties • Rehearsals and performances are often in the evenings • Set lesson plans for the classes, and working outside of school hours giving lessons Music Performance • Irregular work schedules • Daily practices and rehearsals • Work many nights and weekends • Some must travel across the country or world
Training and Qualifications Music Education • Communication skills • Mastery of their instrument, and general knowledge all musical instruments • If a elementary or secondary teacher, a bachelor degree and state certification is required Music Performance • Need a trained ear for pitches • Strong mental and physical discipline • Must be able to handle long hours of practice • Complete a college course of study in instrumental or vocal
Salary Music Education • Certified teachers make $44,500 a year Music Performance • The median hourly rate for performing arts is $20.70
College Choice Music Education • Saginaw Valley State University • Located in Saginaw, Michigan • 4 year university • Enrollment 8,914 • Campus is 782 acres Music Performance • Western Michigan University • Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan • 4 year university • Enrollment 19,478 • Campus is 1,200 acres
Degree Name and Cost • Music Education Major • Cost • $80,200 • Music Performance Major • Cost • $113.504
Similarities and Differences • Similarities • Both have to do with music • Both require many of the same courses • You must audition for the school of music to get in to college for either degree • Differences • Music performance focuses on one instrument and learning well while music education works on learning many instruments and how to teach in a class room • It is required to perform with more groups when a music performance major • In music education you have to get your teacher certification and do student teaching
Preferred Career I prefer music education as my degree. I enjoy helping others learn music and working in a class room. Also a degree in music education is more affordable. Finally I enjoy working with many different instruments rather than focusing on just the French horn.
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