I came to study Music (violin performance) as an international student many years ago. The United States is indeed a land of wonderful opportunities.
Here, international students are able to explore music performance and music education in a country that is home to the top orchestras and conservatories in the world. This particularly true of the city of Boston, which is home to the world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the country’s oldest orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society.
It is also well known for its new-music scene, conservatories, jazz, and chamber music programs. Gordon college music students have the distinct advantage of studying on a beautiful, pristine, and safe campus, just a stone’s throw north of the bustling and artistic hub that is Boston. It’s the best of both worlds.
Studying in the United States, and especially in Boston, is a fantastic way to broaden your horizon and experiences. While this may seem daunting so many miles away from home, at the Gordon College Department of Music we make a concerted effort to welcome our students from abroad into the family.
Our international students quickly recognize our department as a home away from home, where their peers and faculty mentors provide a wonderful support network.
Any international student who has an interest in or talent for music should pursue the serious collegiate study of the subject while they can! A Christian liberal arts college like Gordon allows international students to study music in a rigorous program housed in a nurturing environment.
Students have the opportunity to delve deep into professional musical studies (Bachelor of Music degrees) which leads to performance opportunities, graduate programs, licensure to teach –and the flexibility to pursue music as a liberal arts major, where double majors with other disciplines are common (music and psychology, music and computer science, music and business, to name a few examples).
Students who graduate from Gordon College with professional degrees in music education, performance or a BA in Music (with concentrations in Worship or Composition) can pursue a wide variety of career paths.
These include but are not limited to: teaching music in (K-12) schools, teaching music at the collegiate level, performing in orchestras, arts administration, private studio teaching, arts journalism, worship ministry, music therapy, and more. Many go on to further study at graduate schools and conservatories.
At Gordon, music students are well prepared for the real-world challenges that face professional musicians. Networking, career preparation and mentoring are an integral part of our excellent curriculum.