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Mary Pauline Shed Light on Life Behind the Stage

By: Amanda Egan, Columnist

If you are friends with a music major, you know that they are extremely busy people. You cherish the moments you spend with them, knowing that they probably have a rehearsal to get to soon. One of my music major friends kindly carved out some time in her crazy schedule to grab lunch with me at the P-Den, and give me some insight into her life. Mary Pauline Sheridan-Rabideau is a current sophomore and music major focusing on violin. If you’ve ever considered being a music major, or just wondered what their life is like as one, read on.

Amanda: Why and how did you choose the music department at Furman, and why did it stand out to you?

Mary Pauline: I chose Furman because I think the music program allows for people to become well-rounded musicians and well-rounded students. It teaches you not only your primary instrument, but a lot about the structure of music and about the importance of other instruments.

Amanda: What is your favorite part of being a music major?

Mary Pauline: The teachers take a great interest in shaping you and helping you become the best musician you can be under their direction.

Amanda: What would you tell someone who is considering becoming a music major?

Mary Pauline: It’s very accommodating of you having other interests. Also, as one of your primary interests, it will be very challenging but also very supportive.

Amanda: You are also part of the music sorority, what would you like to say about that?

Mary Pauline: The music sorority is a really lovely place. I’ve met other musicians who are just as committed and interested [in music]. They push me to make progress in music and academics, and have become great friends.

Amanda: That’s great. I guess I should ask, what is your instrument?

Mary Pauline: Violin—and recorder, and triangle.

As you can see, music majors are pretty funny too. I hope this little blurb gave you a little insight into what goes on over in the Daniel Music Building. If you’re interested in the music department, I encourage you to attend their concerts, many of which are (Cultural Life Programs) CLPs! Also, ask your music major friends to tell you what their schedule is like—once they start, they might not stop.

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