Nathaniel Minton, a freshman seeking a Bachelor of Science in music with a minor in music technology at Eastern New Mexico University, said he stays busy in his everyday life. “I have class at 8:30 in the morning on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Mondays, Wednesdays [and] Fridays I have class at 9 in the morning.” Minton said most of his classes include music courses and only a few general education courses. Some of his courses include private lessons, music theory, piano, choir and his ear training course. “I have two classes normally before I go to work and then I have another class or two and then I go to work again,” he said.
Minton’s days start early and end late. “I stay busy at work or just doing music stuff all day from around 8:30 in the morning to 8:30 or 9 at night because I work and then I also have classes. So, it’s a long day, every day.” Minton also said that he must schedule practice times every single day to practice his music, which to him is like another class. He said all the hard work is worth it and will pay off. “I want to produce music, compose music and perform music.” Minton added that it will all help him get to where he is wanting to go with his career.
On Friday, Sept. 27, Minton not only had to work and go to classes, but he also had to go to a practice room in the Music Building where he practiced piano. He practiced a song that he will be singing for his master class, which Minton said is a class wherein students occasionally perform in Buchanan Hall at the Music Building. In this class, Minton said that his professor teaches about the voice and has assignments for the students to develop better musical skills. He said the students are given critiques by their teacher and a lesson in front of the rest of the class. “It teaches you technique while everyone else is watching and learning,” he said.
He said that he is learning not only by being in a lesson in front of the audience, but also by being in front of an audience and performing. “I learn by watching others perform and get critiqued because I can learn from others’ critiques.” He stated that he is impressed by the music program at ENMU and he also added that the program is put together well.