I feel like, when you study an Arts based degree (or a Bachelors of Arts as people in the UK refer to it), you spend most your life fighting stereotypes that you sit around all day in your fairy land… Jokes go around our University that we only have 5 hours of lectures a week. But, I’m here to tell you the real image of what being a Music Student (in the UK) is really like.
You spend a lot of time doing music stuff that has to credit bearing on your degree; orchestras, choirs, chamber music, conducting, teaching, literally anything and everything you can do.
Your entire degree is very self-led. I had a friend who studied Maths with a minor in Music (yes I know, a weird degree, that’s one of the benefits of Southampton… any degree combination is open to you). She then gave up music only a semester into her first year because she was fed up that the Music lecturers spent the entire time focusing on how you should learn everything in your own time.
You have to be so self motivated. I’m not sure what it’s like in other degrees. However, you have so few contact hours that all your University work has to be done off your own back. You have to force yourself to do work, even when you don’t want to.
Let me know your experiences, if you have any.