More from Dr. B.
If your aspirations are to become a professional oboist, I will help you build a strong foundation and get you ready for the next step. My students have been accepted to some of the top graduate programs in the country. I will do my absolute best to help you become a self-sufficient, confident reed maker by the time you leave my studio. You will get a wide variety of performance experience at CMU, too, which will make you a very well-rounded oboist.
Do you want to be a music educator? Oboists that major in Music Education are taught by me and engage in all studio classes, activities, and events. You will also learn how to make reeds, with heavy emphasis on understanding oboe reed adjustment. (I want you to be able to keep playing the oboe even if you are a busy Band Director, which will likely mean buying reeds and adjusting them instead of making them from scratch.) I encourage my music education majors to teach oboe lessons for our Community Music School and participate in outreach activities at local middle and high schools. CMU's Music Education program has a reputation of excellence and our graduates find employment quickly.
I also highly value students with an entrepreneurial spirit and those with an interest in a career outside of music. Let's talk and explore how having a music degree can help set you apart and make you highly employable in other fields (business, science, technology, neuroscience, medicine, psychology, etc.). Our School of Music Advisor, Prof. Mary Beth Minnis (Assist. Prof. of Bassoon), does an outstanding job of working with other schools and departments on campus to help make certain double majors possible.
Undecided about your major? First of all, don't worry. It's okay if you have not decided on a college major yet. Pick your school first, then make contact with all the great resources they have available to help you sort it out. At the CMU School of Music, Prof. Minnis (School of Music Advisor) works closely with our students to help them find their way. CMU also encourages non-majors to stay involved in music at the college level. Non-majors may audition for our ensembles and, if there is room available, register for lessons and participate in studio class.
If you are a prospective student, please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or to set up a campus visit. I would enjoy the opportunity to introduce you to Central Michigan University, the School of Music, and the CMU Oboe Studio. I am proud of my students, their accomplishments, and the supportive environment in which we work together to accomplish their goals.
In the meantime, I encourage you to read more about our Studio Culture and successful CMU Oboe Alumni, or make plans to attend one of our Studio Events.
Enjoy and, as always, Fire Up Chips!
- Dr. Lindabeth Binkley (aka. Dr. B.)
For Further Reading
A Career Guide for Music Majors (Fine Arts Career Services, UT Austin)
Music Major Blog: Guidance for Majoring in Music
The Soft Skills That Matter Most For Millennials in the Workplace
Learning to Be Human
The Case for Humanities in the Era of AI, Automation, & Technology
The Soft Skills That Musicians Have That Employers Want