Saturday, September 15, 2007

A Day in the life of a University Flute Major

Just to cheer up all those University students who are feeling the pressure (probably the pressure I added to with my last blog post…eeek…!), I wanted to give you a glimpse into a typical day in the life of a first year music student.
Yes, it wasn’t that long ago that I did this myself. Knowing that we all go through it really helps, I think. :>)

Here’s a typical day:

7:30 am: wake up, shower and eat cereal. Pack bag lunch, and tidy up big slob mess that roommate has made of the kitchen (sigh). Pack school bookbag, get on bicycle (or bus), -and ride to first class with teacher who puts you back to sleep.

9:10 stagger about looking for coffee, and re-direct self to library to find materials for essay due in two weeks.

9:17 locate books for essay, put in locker for later review. Get flute and music, take to practise room and warm up tone, do several scales and try a bit of the new etude.

10 am: Class with insane teacher who’s barely holding onto his own vision of the universe. Take copious notes (even though they currently make no sense), and put stick’um page-markers in the textbook so can read over assignment at lunch time.
11:30 am Run to Sight Singing class (which can also be called "Fright Screaming and FEAR Training" at least, that's what WE called it.:>)

12:30 eat packed lunch while doing assigned text-book reading from your 10 am class. Make a few notes to transfer into study binder. Chat with friends briefly about Saturday’s night out. (the one big night of freedom!)

1 pm. Go to library to work on essay for English.
2 pm. Choir
4 pm coffee break

4:30 Get flute and go to practise rooms. Warmup up, get your tone, and then practise etude, scales and a bit of solo piece.

5:15 Head for home, and pick up one or two groceries for dinner.
6-7 dinner and relax
7:15 finish homework assignment for tomorrow’s Harmony class.
8 pm Do some stretches, do dishes, make tuna salad, and listen to flute CD
8:20 tidy up room, do laundry, check email.
8:45 Practice flute, playing solo and etude in small bits to perfect each segment before weaving them back together. Enjoy yourself. Make MUSIC!

9:30 sort out jotted-down lunch-time notes for essay due in two weeks and start summarizing chapters for Music History test next week.
10:00 sing in the shower. Put laundry in drier.
10:30 phone best friend and have a laugh.
Do personal schedule for tomorrow (make a list of things you might forget.)
11 pm sleep

Hope this helps give a good over-view of how a student is supposed to fit everything in. Some days are better than others.
Mainly you simply have to keep moving without going crazy.
But, afterall, where else but at University can you learn to deal with insanity in a fairly fresh and sane environment, among your peers? :>)
Feel free to create your own schedule based on your own needs.
But note how TV shows and hanging around doing nothing but playing bad electric guitar renditions of "House of Rising Sun" are not featured. ;>)

Best of luck,
Jen Cluff (former music student who also worked 3 hrs. a day as a lunch time waitress by the time I was in 3rd and 4th year performance. Eeek, again! :>)
Comments (3)
Blogger Sheila said...

Aside from actually having to have my own apartment and all the crazy stuff of having to actually go somewhere to learn, it sounds sort of reminiscent of my days now! Fuuuuullll from dawn until dusk! :) Haha!!! Very exciting!


Sunday, September 16, 2007 9:16:00 AM

Blogger jen said...

Yes the "own apartment" stuff: luckily for me my mum taught us how to cook meals, and how to clean house and do laundry.
These are all part of being a musician too. hahhaa!!
I think that the trouble the first-year-away-from-home college kids get into is multi-leveled:
- they have to have great study habits
- they have to keep house and feed themselves properly
-they have to get enough sleep (first time, away from home, they actually want to stay up all night because no one is making them go to bed!)
- they have to pay their bills.
This is ALOT for someone who is just 17 or 18 yrs. old and is doing everything for this first time. So I'm trying to help by giving a picture of what it would be like, so they can mentally prepare.

I didn't start University until I was 21, so I had 2-3 years of learning to pay rent, pay the phone bill, cook,clean and work at a job. I recommend that students who are in the arts learn to cook for sure (because you can't afford to eat at restaurants or buy pre-packaged food when you're a poor starving student.)
So much to learn.
Good for you for being ahead of the game. :>)

Sunday, September 16, 2007 12:30:00 PM

Blogger Sheila said...

It's true, being prepared as a homemaker is important for ALL aspects of life. I can't imagine getting to college and not knowing how to cook your own meals or do your laundry, but I guess it happens more often than not, as evidenced the the crazy amount of prepared food in our grocery stores. Scary!

That's why I make one meal a week, and I would love to up that to two. :D Yep, the scary part is having to deal with bills and such, and being a night owl myself, getting to sleep in decent time can definitely be difficult.

Anyway, thanks again for the awesome thoughts. They sure have me looking ahead and getting excited! :D

God bless,

Sunday, September 16, 2007 5:35:00 PM


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