Students are taking the plunge and enrolling for music classes, which could help them land a spot at a prestigious school.
Here are the 10 majors with the highest graduation rates:A total of 1.5 million students enrolled in college music classes in the United States last year, according to data from the Association of American Universities.
According to the report, that was nearly double the number of students who enrolled in math and science classes.
And according to the Association for College Admission Counseling and Admissions, about 10 percent of students are now in music, and that figure is expected to rise to 10 percent by 2019.
“The data show a tremendous interest in music in recent years,” says Laura Sisk, director of admissions at the American Association of University Women.
“It’s not just for the people who are going to college.”
One of the reasons why is because the music education industry is a $2.6 trillion business, according the National Center for Education Statistics.
In 2015, a little more than 20 percent of the nation’s music industry jobs were in the education industry, according a recent report from the Education Technology Association.
Sisk says that even if students do not graduate from music, they can still be effective in the industry, which has a high demand for musicians.
“I think one of the things that’s really helpful is that music students who want to go into music, who want a chance to pursue music, are also good students,” Sisk says.
“So, music is a great field for students who have an interest in performing and who have a love of music.”
Here are some of the top music majors for students to consider:The first music major to enter the field was music school in 1790, says Diane Ladd, director for education at the University of Southern California’s Department of Music Education.
In fact, there are many early records for music schools and the curriculum of early American music.
It was the first place that music was taught, and there was a lot of research about it.
“There was really a lot that went into developing a curriculum and a system,” Ladd says.
The music program at the time was a mixture of classical, African, Western and African American styles.
Today, music programs are in every major city, from Brooklyn to New Orleans.
Ladd says there is no specific music course at the college level, and the music students are all creative in their pursuits.
“Music is very much in our DNA as a society,” she says.
There are plenty of schools that have music programs, including the College of William and Mary, which offers a four-year music program.
The William and Maries College of Music in Williamstown, Pa., offers a music and music education program.
In addition to music, students at William & Mary are learning to play instruments, create their own compositions and perform live.
In the fall of 2019, the College also opened a program to introduce students to the world of art and to get them involved in the arts.
“It’s about building that connection, and it’s really about making music and art a part of the college experience,” says student Rachel Johnson.
Johnson is studying art at the College and is an assistant art director.
She’s taking a course on the history of music to prepare for her major in music.
“If I ever want to take it to a bigger school, I would love to do that, but I am going to do it for music,” Johnson says.
She’s already been accepted to one of William &amart’s programs and plans to study art and composition in the fall.
She says that as a student, music has always been important to her.
“I’m always very passionate about it, and I always feel really blessed and honored that I have had a place in the music world,” Johnson said.
Lucky for us, she is also studying at a music school that offers a major in history.