Successful students aren't just lucky or naturally gifted. They have habits of organization and goal-setting which combine to help them get their work done on time and achieve excellent GPAs.
Recently, I approached Dr. Steve Etters, Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Instrumental Music, Music Education, Recruiting and Awards at Catawba College, asking him about habits of successful students he has observed through his years of teaching music majors at the college level. Without even stopping to think, he said, "Treat it like a job."
Due to expiration of my mechanical licenses, I have pulled all of my albums from the market until I can update my licensing. Though many of the downloads I offer are in the public domain, each album contains at least one title I pay royalties on, so I must pull the entire album off the market until I update each individual track.
I remain excited about Accompaniments by Laurie -- response to my rehearsal tracks has been consistent and I am thrilled to have sold tracks worldwide. Currently, I have a new album very close to release, Volume XI-04, that contains more of the popular Italian songs and arias, Schubert's Ave Maria, and several more accompaniments from Donald Peck's popular flute book. I am also working towards a release of the powerful A Hymn for the Lost and the Living, by Eric Ewazen.
Hopefully, updating my mechanical licenses won't take too long, and you will soon be able to continue rehearsing wherever you want, whenever you want with downloads from Accompaniments by Laurie.
College-bound music majors can greatly increase their success in writing papers and answering questions during jury reviews if they include The Harvard Dictionary of Music in their personal library. Not just a dictionary of musical terms, it contains information regarding musical styles, musical periods, the music history of countries and their impact on music, theory terminology, and foreign language musical terms.
In looking through the fourth edition, I was impressed by the length of the article on East Asia, and happily surprised to find an article on Gender and Music. Also, there are concise descriptions of many great works, such as the Minute Waltz by Chopin and Dumbarton Oaks by Stravinsky. The descriptions of instruments from around the world make for pleasurable reading as well as instruction.
Although its retail price can be higher than desired, Amazon currently has several for sale ranging in price from just under $15.00 to just over $32.00, while eBay has many listed from as little as $1.00 (older editions and used) to just over $42.00. I suggest investing in the most current edition, as this is a worthwhile use of your money. Of course, if a family member or friend asks if there is anything you need before leaving for campus, it would be easy to add this to your wish list as well.
Despite our love affair with Wikipedia and other internet sources, The Harvard Dictionary of Music continues to be a premier source of information for the music major, one that will continue to provide indispensable information for a lifetime career in either performance or teaching.