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If you are interested in becoming a musician, you will probably
have begun to develop your musical skills long before you entered
high school. While you are in high school, however, there are a
number of classes you can take that will help you broaden your
knowledge. Naturally, take band, orchestra, or choir classes
depending on your interest. In addition, you should also take
mathematics classes, since any musician needs to understand
counting, rhythms, and beats. Many professional musicians write at
least some of their own music, and a strong math background is very
helpful for this. If your high school offers courses in music
history or appreciation, be sure to take these. Finally, take
classes that will improve your communication skills and your
understanding of people and emotions, such as English and
psychology. If you are interested in working in the classical music
field, you will most likely need a college degree to succeed in
this area. Therefore, be sure to round out your high school
education by taking other college preparatory classes. No matter
what type of musician you want to be, you will need to devote much
of your after-school time to your private study and practice of
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