Most people assume being a music major is an easy college degree, but there is more to what meets their eyes. When it comes to my “typical” day, the hours are long and strenuous both mentally and physically. Right now I am taking twenty-four credits worth of classes and the lowest credit load for a Mason Gross School of the Arts student is usually only eighteen. Here is what this past Friday looked like for me starting from my alarm going off at 6:45 A.M.:
It is 7:30 A.M. and I have already passed the Mason Gross sign (picture above) and am currently awaiting to board a bus to take myself and the Rutgers Symphony Band to an early morning performance.
7:50 A.M. We have arrived at the NJMEA Conference and are lead to a conference room where we will be performing for Music Educators from all over New Jersey.
8:30 A.M. We have already warmed up and are waiting for the performance to commence.
10:55 A.M. My morning performance has already concluded and we have returned to Mason Gross just in time for my second class to begin. My Music Theory IV professor is teaching us how to put pitch integers into normal form.
12:35 P.M. After theory, I then headed over to the Nicholas Music Center to watch a master class given by Professor Alan Baer, the Principal Tuba of the New York Philharmonic! Professor Alan Baer is also the Brass Department Chair at Mason Gross.
1:55 P.M. I only had five minutes to eat lunch, but hey at least I was not eating while walking!
2:00 P.M. I watched the Rutgers Wind Ensemble perform for the 2014 New Jersey All-State Band.
8:oo P.M. I found myself on Livingston Campus to see the Livingston Theater Company’s performance of Hair! I volunteered to help usher Friday night’s performance because I always love supporting musical theater. It was so fun to see some of my friends perform in the pit orchestra!
11:00 P.M. The performance is over and I passed the Mason Gross sign for the last time that day on my way back to my apartment. It is the little things such as passing this sign multiple times a day that many people take for granted, but for me it turns even the worst of days into a better ones.
Sure the hours are long, but for me I do not consider it work because music is something I am truly passionate about.