Eric Whitacre’s annual encouragement for music majors:
“As the semester grinds on you may feel intensely burnt-out. You may even consider dropping out of music altogether. If that happens, go back and listen to your favorite recordings, make music with your friends, do anything you can to remind yourself why you loved music before you started studying it. An education in music can be a very good thing, but it can also squeeze the life out of any love you ever had for it. Don’t let it.”
Good luck and keep working hard to all our music major choir clowns!
I know that everybody likes to give examples of celebrities who made it late in life and thus remind you that it’s okay to be young and not necessarily be in the place that you thought you would be right now.
So, to add another example for those of us living in the realm of music-
Eric Whitacre initially joined choir in college to pick up girls.
Eric Whitacre took 8 years to graduate from his undergrad school.
Eric Whitacre failed his vocal jury after his seventh year and almost dropped out of school completely before picking himself back up for one more year and then finally made it into Juilliard for grad school.
It’s never too late, and the saying is true that, “just because it took you longer, it doesn’t mean you failed.”