Music Ed vs. Choral Conducting MM
Date: July 26, 2015
Hi, I am a 21-year-old-soon-to-be graduate with a BME! I have been studying classical voice for 4 years but also have experience playing flute in band for 10 years. My goals are teaching at the secondary level (choir or band with a preference for choir), and eventually at the collegiate level. Or perhaps working in arts administration or advocacy i.e. at a performing arts center. I'm currently working as a receptionist in a music store, teaching private voice lessons there, and singing in church choirs in addition to finishing coursework.
After graduation, I'm debating A. applying for jobs and trying to gain more experience OR B. going straight to graduate school. For option A, I am open to just about anything EXCEPT an elementary music job, which is what seems to be the most available for new graduates. If I choose option B, two main questions emerge.. 1. What will I study? The main debate is between a MM in Music Ed., perhaps with a focus in conducting, MM in Choral Conducting, or perhaps something like Arts Administration (I have experience and interest in Music Business). 2. WHERE? I'm originally from Virginia and like that area.. I've never been to the Midwest or Pacific Coast so I'm interested but slightly tentative. I am in a relationship with someone who is likely to be going to graduate school in Florida for the next two years, so ideally I would like to remain in or near Florida. However, I do not want to limit myself and am open to all opinions/advice. I think it's most important to me to work with someone who is knowlegeable in the field of choral music but is also progressive and aware of how the field of music is changing. Someone who ideally appreciates my band experience as well. Also **VERY** important -- I need all of the costs to be covered. Ideally via an assistantship that involves teaching/conducting or helping with officework/music admissions... I have training/experience in all of those things. Thanks in advance!!!