Being a student should be the most enjoyable experience of one’s life. The life of a music student is even more interesting. People who study music get to listen and create it every single day of their lives. Yet becoming a good musician and a better artist each and every day is not easy at all. The ability to create music involves both talent and hard work. These are some tips that will help you become a better music student:

Involve effort during your time in school

Getting noticed during music college is definitely a goal for all students. Even though many students don’t pay much attention to this factor, the reputation they have during school can impact their whole professional career. People’s perception of you, especially when talking about professors, will determine where your career will go after graduation. Make sure to create the very best impression while you’re in school. You will have a much more convenient start in your career this way. Building your reputation after graduation could take twice the effort.  

Listen to others

Music college is not all about learning how to compose music yourself. It is about knowing the work of others and being able to recognize talent when you hear it. Whether it is a masterpiece playing in the background or simply a colleague of yours that replicates a masterpiece, your musical ear should be able to catch it right away. If the professors ask you “which of the following trends in contemporary music does this excerpt exemplify?” you should be able to answer right away. Learn how to listen and your experience during music college will get much better. Theory is indeed important, but practice is key.

Record yourself

During music college, students face a lot of pressure: they need to do their theory homework, their music history listening, they need to handle outside projects and ensemble music on their own. This is why they often forget to focus on themselves. Try to prioritize your own skills. Practice as much as you can in your free time and record yourself in all sorts of situations: during class, during rehearsals, during official performances. See what is different from one representation to another. Use this as a personal feedback and make the necessary improvements that you notice. It is also a great way to keep a journal of your progress during college years.