Where writing notes in class is essential.


You've been playing the violin your whole life, and with college on the horizon, you want to do whatever you can to make yourself the best musician possible. Or maybe you just think playing guitar looks cool. Either way, majoring in music is a great way to open up a world of possibilities that aren't available to architects or other boring majors that have nothing to do with the oboe.

Every day you hear music, which we assume is every day, you'll have an opportunity to put that degree to use. Gone will be the days of thinking, "I wonder why that song sounds sad." Instead, you'll be able to brag to all of your uninterested friends that it's depressing because it uses minor chords. You'll be an absolute hit at parties.

Most people you meet in class will love music more than Popeye loved spinach, so they will eat, breathe, and sleep music. When they're good at performing, that'll be great for you. On the other hand, if your roommate just loves talking about Joseph Haydn all the time, it'll be significantly less fun.

Once you've gone through the musical gauntlet, you'll be faced with paying the bills for all the reeds you blow through on your sax, which is kind of like a tax for not picking a brass instrument. 

If your first thought is that you'll have a really hard time finding a job because the unemployment rate is pretty high…well, you're either really good at guessing or you checked out our stats section. This is a pursuit of passion, not a money-making major.

Famous People who majored in Music

  • Fred Rogers
  • Dan Deacon
  • Juanita Kidd Stout
  • Trey Parker
  • Roberta Flack

Percentage of US students who major in Music:


Stats obtained from this source.