CHOOSING A MAJOR
How To Decide
When you are choosing which major to apply to, here are some considerations:
1. What discipline do I like the most, feel the most confident doing and want to participate in for the next four years?
2. Am I willing to take the required six classes in this discipline as well as complete the required participation expectations for this major? (see Curriculum Requirements on page 17-20). ALL music majors HAVE TO take Piano/Music Theory Junior year and AP Music Theory Senior year.
3. Have I chosen the major I want to do or am I choosing because of friend or family pressure?
4. Consider how much time and effort you are willing to spend outside of classes on your major. Does it align with the extensive commitment that will be expected?
5. Speak with current students or alumni about the programs you are interested in pursuing.
6. Students can apply and audition for two majors and then choose only one to actually be her/his major.
a. If a student wants to try something new, 9th,10th and 11th graders have the option to participate in our change/add major process once a year at the end of Fall semester.
b. Any student who thinks they may want to change their major should take courses in the other
major prior to any change.
7. Students who apply because they just want to go to McCallum or think the arts will be easy, do not remain in the Academy – either failing out or quitting. Be sure you are seeking participation for the right reasons that will sustain your efforts through four years of significant time, effort and hard work.
When you are considering double majoring, here are some considerations:
1. While double majoring is possible for some combinations of majors, for many it is not. For example, you cannot double majorwith theatre and band, since the expectations for out of school hours greatly overlap.
2. Faculty prefer to recommend that a student majors in one discipline and then simply takes classes in any others s/he is interested in.
a. It is possible to major in one discipline and still take courses in another without the added requirements and expectations.
3. Should a student be very sure of their disciplinary focus and not have any other interests, then it could be possible to double major. When a student would be completing courses as well as out of class activities for both majors anyways, a double major makes sense.
4. The amount of time and effort expected for both majors in sum should be carefully considered.
5. Course scheduling can prohibit a student from double majoring at any time during high school (e.g. 2 required classes only offered at the same time).
6. What would the impact of double majoring be on academic responsibilities?
7. Do you have a strong ability to keep organized and manage time well?
8. Some majors have double blocked classes, which takes up an extra spot from any other classes you want to or need to take.
9. Students with other interests beyond their major - whether in or out of school - should commit to just one major only.