By Carrington Thompson
THE BEGINNINGS OF A LIFETIME CAREER
Coming into Rowan University as a freshman in the fall of 2012, I cannot really say that I knew what I was getting myself into. I had heard of other people’s experiences, and I had a glimpse into the musician’s life through a few of my own experiences, but I was not quite sure what music in college would look like for me.
Well, my first semester is over and I could not be anymore excited for my second semester! Even though there were plenty of times where I was ready to pull my hair out, I was blessed to learn more in four months than I have learned in my entire musical career!
It was an interesting journey at first. I came into Rowan as a music education and music performance major as well as being a part of the honors college. I soon realized that if I wanted to try and finish my undergraduate studies in four years, something would have to “get the boot”. Thus, I felt that a degree in performance was not the route I wanted to go, so I dropped music performance and I am now a music education major in the honors college. Dropping performance freed up some credits that I could put towards honors so that I could fulfill the requirements to stay an honors student.
Then, as the semester continued and I got into the heat of my workload, I experienced first-hand the pressure of learning a whole lot of music (music for lessons, string ensemble, orchestra, chamber music, and opera) as well as making time to write papers for my classes. The biggest lesson that I learned this semester was most definitely how to wisely and maturely manage my time. I have noticed that I have a lot more free time that I ever did in high school due to the way classes are scheduled in college, but when I really think about it, I have absolutely no free time at all if I want to accomplish everything that I need to do to the best of my ability. During the semester, I had to fit practice time and homework time in between classes, and I had to get things done in a timely fashion if I wanted to have any down time. Procrastination was not an option!
Furthermore, other wonderful experiences that I had this semester were the numerous opportunities I was given to use my music outside of the university. I am now “gigging” with a quartet, and I have private music students. I would have never guessed that I would have my own students as a freshman in college! Having private students has just confirmed in my mind that music educating is without a doubt what I want to do for the rest of my life. After just my second lesson with one of my students, I left the studio thinking, “I find such joy in teaching! This is definitely where I should be!”
Now as I prepare to start my second semester in a week, I am looking forward to starting public school observations, taking a music educational technology class, and going to my first NAfME convention!