Getting to Know UNT Music Majors

Student life is constantly depicted as going to liberal arts classes, studying lectures and unwinding at the end of the day – around three o’clock.

Music students lead a different life from the normal English, math or science student. A typical day for music students starts at getting up at six in the morning and will last until three or five, depending on what year you’re in.

Freza.jpgNo music student is able to escape the dreaded eight a.m. classes. Their days consist of going to classes, lecture or non-lecture, from eight to one or two – generally. After those classes they get a break and either have more classes or attend concerts as part of their curriculum.
“It’s so much more work than I thought it was going to be,” said Mallory Freza, UNT College of Music freshman.

Freza doesn’t think being a music major is too different from majoring in liberal arts, however PhD student Jacob Thiede and Senior Christiana Kiesling disagree.

Kiesling was a Science major and transferred from the University of Texas at Austin and has been at UNT for three years.

“For my science classes, I would get a worksheet or two and then the textbook assignment that would go with it” Kiesling said. “For my lessons I’ll get music and I work on it for the whole semester.”

For music students, there are normal lectures where they are able to take notes and the classroom is similar to any other. Then there are ensemble classes where there’s no studying involved but will take up three to four hours.

Music students don’t have a lot of time to study during the day like anyone in almost any
other student in most majors can. Freza, Thiede and Kiesling all say that they study at night because they have full schedules during the day.

Thiede, who is getting his PhD in composing, will wake up at six in the morning to write and compose music before going to classes for the day.jake.jpg

People interested in music begin playing at a very young age and either continue to play or drop it as a hobby and move onto something else, something different.

For Freza, she has been playing clarinet since sixth grade, starting in band and continuing into college.

Jacob Thiede started playing the piano in second grade, learning how to play by ear, and later playing saxophone in middle school.

“I was a nervous kid,” Thiede said. “I played piano to distract myself when someone new would come into my house.”

Kiesling started out playing piano at six years old and jumped around to playing a handful of instruments, playing violin in middle school, and playing a synthesizer and being in choir in high school.

Being a music student can be strenuous and there has to be a level of passion to keep going forward and sticking with music.

“it’s all rewarding,” Freza said. “Realizing that’s the reason why you’re here [talking about going to concerts].”

Kiesling went into music when her parents noticed that she would sing along to songs and had an interest in music.

When she was seven or eight, she wanted to stop but her parents made her keep going. Once past that, it becomes all about passion and making music becomes fun.

The consensus to outsiders would be to get a position in education, moving forward.

Freza enjoys the opportunity to teach, it keeps her going, she would like to teach secondary education or mentor students.

“I could teach,” Thiede said. “That’s the main plan going forward.”

IMG_4165.JPGThiede is also constantly looking for opportunities and seeking out commissions for composing and being a sound tech.

Kiesling initially wanted to go into teaching, but now that she is teaching a class as a requirement, she’s not so sure about it and is considering teaching elementary school.

The students of the College of Music at UNT operate at a different frequency than those students of the College of Arts and Sciences or College of Business.

From the time they wake up, to how busy their day is, to the time they go to sleep – they’re schedules are hectic and overwhelming to anyone who, to put it plainly, isn’t a music major.


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