Tips for Success

There is no secret to success in music, or in an academic setting! Hard work and dedication to your craft are essential. The tips below will help you to make the most of your time at UMM.

Take Control of Your Education.

Meet with your faculty advisor regularly. We strongly recommend that you request a music faculty member for an advisor if you are not assigned one. Know your degree’s requirements and keep track of your progress. Be aware of courses that are not offered every year, and plan when you will take them.

Take Advantage of Opportunities to Expand You Experience.

UMM in general, and the Music Discipline in particular, offer a number of ways that students can customize their education and get the most from the time in Morris. Internships, work-study positions, performance opportunities, student councils and organizations such as MENC can all provide students with leadership experience and skills that will be useful both in and out of college.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

No musician can reach their potential without dedication and persistence. Make sure that you not only set aside time for regular practice sessions, but that you are using your time effectively. Practice individually before you practice as an ensemble with an accompanist. Consult with your studio instructor for effective practice habits.

Be Professional.

Your undergraduate career is the first step into a wider world, where professional decorum is essential to success. Start good habits now! Meet deadlines, fulfill your obligations, and treat your colleagues with respect. Present yourself as an experienced performer by dressing professionally, being prepared, and communicating effectively with your coaches and fellow performers. When you ask for letters of recommendation later, people will have positive things to report.

Document Your Experience.

As a part of their senior project, students compile a portfolio that represents their experience at Morris. Start collecting materials such as performance programs, papers and projects, and recordings in your first year. Organized into your portfolio, these materials will provide an invaluable resource when you are pursuing career opportunities after college.

Suggested materials for your portfolio