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What do you think about a professor “encouraging you to change your major” because you are struggling in their class? This isn’t pertaining to me, but 2 friends of mine who are fellow music majors. I don’t know their whole stories but from what I understand and have been told a professor has been encouraging them to switch because their piano skills and music reading skills are pretty basic.
Mind you we don’t go to a music school or a school with a big music department (there are literally less than 20 music majors at my school) so I feel like as first year music students them being in the learning process isn’t unusual or to be unexpected. This is the same professor who last week told me he was so appreciative that I come to class ready to learn unlike some of the others; I knew he was talking about my 2 friends. My piano skills are nothing spectacular but I have some and my reading is fine for someone who isn’t a pianist and this is simply because my choir director encouraged me to take up piano over the summer, and because I enjoy playing. But I digress.
It feels a little wrong in my opinion for a professor to say that to a student, rude, disrespectful even. I’ve seen them both in practice rooms on several occasions, I’ve helped both of them with music related stuff, and they both have lots of vocal potential (were all vocal majors). He tells us to come to his office for help and/or practice but I feel at this point they’ve been alienated, both of them expressed to me that they have come to dislike him and I can understand why it would be hard to seek help from someone who makes you feel bad about yourself. And even I’ll admit, his class is challenging and fast pace for the low level that it is so I can imagine how difficult it probably is for them. And he’s basing this “encouragement” solely off of his class.
My one friend even told me he was honestly making her doubt whether or not music was what she should do. It was a little heartbreaking because I struggle sometimes but if someone, especially a professor, said they didn’t think I should major in music just because I’ve struggled I would feel awful. I gave her a pep talk and told her I’d help with her reading and piano skills. I really hope she doesn’t let him discourage her to the point of changing. I mean, I understand that we’re all grown and it’s their responsibility to do what they need to, I told my one friend that, but I also feel like we shouldn’t have to feel as though we need to teach ourselves when were paying to be here.
But back to my original point, do you think he has a place to be so discouraging? What’s your opinion?
- <b> </b> My life is about to be hell on earth next week. I have midterms. Midterm in Woodwinds where I have 2 songs and 5 scales for a playing tests on the flute, a written test and essay on the saxophone, and I have to give an lesson on how to assemble and key notes on the flute. <p><b></b> I have 2 exams in music theory. One for ear training, singing minor scales natural, harmonic, and melodic. Also i have to sing solfege in time to different rhythms. I have to clap these ole difficult ass rhythms as part of the ear training test too. AND I have to listen to a composition and know the starting pitch and the notes there afterward with nothing but the help of a key signature. But also a written test in music theory all about breaking down compound meter rhythms and then triads of all kinds determining whether they're major, minor, augmented, or diminished and I have to construct triads as well. And on top of that I have a vocal midterm for my voice class on stage. All of this is in one day mind you..... I'm gon die and that's just 3 classes for real 😭😭😭 <p>
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