Introducing +1

Make a Smooth Transition into College

This page is for the parents of college-bound musicians...

Getting in is just the start.

Congratulations if you're son or daughter has been accepted to a top music school! That's a major accomplishment.

But it's just the beginning.

Starting college brings first-semester students face-to-face with new academic demands, social environments, and personal responsibilities. They must navigate higher workloads, build new social networks, manage their finances, and adapt to living independently for the first time.

The transition is crucial for developing resilience, adaptability, and problem-solving skills, setting the stage for their continued success.

And College Music Major has their back.


Introducing +1

College Music Major is launching a new service not offered by any other independent educational consultant specializing in music. It truly sets us apart.


Through +1 (Plus1), we provide support to music students during their all-important first semester in college. Our regular check-ins and online consultations provide a reliable source of advice and encouragement as they begin to navigate their new academic universe.

Making a Successful Transition

Starting college is not just about pursuing a degree; it's the beginning of a journey. And like many journies, it comes with challenges and complexities that must be navigated.

Making an early, successful transition to college ensures continued success and a postive expereince for the student throughout their time in school.

Here is some of what awaits a first-semester music student in college: 

  • Academic Challenges: Higher workload, the need for effective time management, increased expectations for independence and critical thinking.

  • Musical Challenges: challenging courses like college-level music theory, competition for opportunities, meeting high expectations, working with "difficult" faculty

  • Logistical Compexities: Learning to use campus resources, managing finances, and adapting to living away from home.

  • Social Adjustments: Forming new friendships, experiencing greater diversity, and adjusting to living with roommates.

  • Personal Growth and Well-being: Opportunities for self-discovery, navigating mental health challenges, and taking on more personal responsibility.

Thrive Not Just Survive

Some colleges and universities provide with robust resources to help first-semester students make a smooth transition into higher education. At resources at other schools can be inadequate at best.

+1 equips first-year college students with essential tools for success. The guidance covers:

  • mastering academic challenges
  • facilitating social adjustments
  • promoting personal growth
  • practical advice for campus resources
  • managing finances
  • adapting to new living environments

Our focus is on fostering resilience, problem-solving skills, and independence, ensuring students are well-prepared to tackle the diverse challenges of college life.



The members of College Music Major's +1 team are ideal for helping first-semester music students make a smooth transition from high school to college.

Doctor Fish of College Music Major

Dr. Fish served for years as a tenured professor and director of the popular music program he created at Catawba College. During that time, he worked closely with hundreds of music students as an advisor, helping them with all aspects of their college journey.

Jake Martin studied under Dr. Fish at Catawba before completing a Master's in education at the Berklee College of Music. He returned to Catawba as a music educator and advisor to his own students.

Let's Connect

The College Music Major +1 is avaiable to all first-semester college music students. We'd be happy to chat with you about it. Just fill in the form below, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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