How many of you went to college, majored in music, and felt like you didn't have a clue what was going on for the first two years? Theory? Aural Training? What the heck are those things? As a group we tend to send students off to college woefully unprepared for what awaits them. As any music major can attest to there is a huge difference between what most of us were taught in high school and what we were expected to learn about in the first few years of college. Wouldn't it have been nice if someone had REALLY prepared us for what was ahead?
I'm happy to share this one with all of you as it comes from my very own state music association. The Iowa High School Music Association released a cool poster infographic titled Music's Next Step that helps lay out the steps a student should consider if they are seriously considering pursuing a career in music education. Download it, print it, and put it up in your room this fall. Better yet, have all of your music teachers from 5-12 do the same. The more that potential music students see this kind of thing the more likely they will be to make some good, informed decisions about the future education and career plans.