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Tips on Being A Successful Woodwind Doubler?    18:51 on Wednesday, November 07, 2012 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

saxinetgirl23
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Hi there, as a sophomore in high school, I consider my primary instrument to be the B Flat Clarinet. I have been playing for a year and half now, but once jazz band has started, I made the switch to the alto saxophone. However, now I am considering (and currently am playing) the bass clarinet. I still play all three pretty regularly.

The only main problem is that I'd wish to pursue college. I have seen the talent out there. Along with my woodwind instruments, I also take private piano lessons for about two years now.

This may not seem like a huge problem, but I do have a couple of questions:

1) As a woodwind doubler, if I do pursue college, how good is the job market out there for woodwind players like me?

2) Without a private teacher and just my band director, will I be able to audition for college on my own?

3) Will I be able to achieve a Music Education degree and have job offers?

4) Will I will be able to get into any music school because I haven't had a private teacher of my own yet?

5) Any tips in general on being a succesful woodwind doubler?

As you can see, I have a LOT of questions... so I understand if they all aren't answered. I really do appreciate your time to answer this

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Re: Tips on Being A Successful Woodwind Doubler?    00:56 on Saturday, December 01, 2012 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Scotch
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1) As a woodwind doubler, if I do pursue college, how good is the job market out there for woodwind players like me?

No real idea, sorry.

2) Without a private teacher and just my band director, will I be able to audition for college on my own?

You can audition, of course, but you'll stand a much better chance of passing the audition with a teacher. At least try it for a while, and definitely work up your audition pieces (when it comes round; you've got a few years yet) with a teacher.

3) Will I be able to achieve a Music Education degree and have job offers?

With a Music Education degree and good grades and recommendations from a good school, you should have job offers if you're patient (and Republicans don't control the country by then).

4) Will I will be able to get into any music school because I haven't had a private teacher of my own yet?

Some schools are tougher than others. If you want a career as a musician, try to get lessons.

5) Any tips in general on being a succesful woodwind doubler?

Keep one instrument as your primary instrument and always give practicing it priority.

   

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