Doctor Euph Roger Behrend
After a hiatus of several years, the Journal is pleased to welcome rlback one of our long-time popular friends, Dr. Euph, and his assistant, Roger Behrend. Dr. Euph also makes calls in The Willson Mouthpiece, a publication many Journal readers also receive. As this issue marks his return to the Journal, Dr. Euph has chosen to answer a very general question. If you have a question regarding any aspect of playing or teaching the euphonium for the good Doctor, please contact him at the following address:
C/O Roger Behrend
9069 Northedge Drive
Springfield, VA 22153
Dr. Euph is waiting to hear from YOU! And now for this issue’s question:
Dear Dr. Euph,
Over the past few years I have fallen in love with music. I am considering music as a career. I want to pursue a degree but at this point I am unsure of how to proceed. What advice and or guidance can you give me?
You are in a better position than you think. I have a few suggestions that might make your journey a bit more relaxed. Before you start your search you need to answer some questions and make a few lists. Lets get started.
1. What do you want to be doing in ten (10) years?
2. What do you want to be doing in five (5) years?
3. What is your passion and what interests you?
4. Will the University experience maximize your potential and help you reach your goals? For some people it may not be the best place. Though remember, in today’s professional landscape it is difficult to get ahead without some type of degree.
5. What should a University offer that you are looking for? Is the size of a University and or music school a concern? Define your requirements.
6. How does geographical location enter into your plans? (resident, nonresident, distance from home, etc.) At this point take a break and recap. Review the questions and your answers. Are you comfortable with what you seel Feel free to revise your answers as you become better informed. These are your dreams and there are no limits.
7. Make a list of the professors that interest you. Spend time finding out all that you can about each person on your list. Pick teachers who will challenge you and help you reach your goals. Will they push and demand the most from you?
8. Define your financial situation. This can be a tough area to understand and face. Be as specific as you can. If you know your financial needs you can ask the right questions. Your choice of schools should NOT be based on money. I understand that it can be a major factor as you search. Always ask yourself, “Which teacher or university will maximize my musical potential?”
Since everyone is connected by the internet there are unlimited resources available to you. It may take a bit of time but all the information is there. After you have completed your search narrow your list to no more than five schools. Plan a visit to each school and arrange lessons with each teacher. You are embarking on a most exciting and challenging journey. This is the time for YOU to focus on your future. Use the information that you have gathered to make an educated choice. Good luck and good hunting.