The skills and attitudes fostered by an education in the liberal arts and sciences are exactly those that will make the difference between technical excellence and genuine artistry.
Life will be more interesting for a person with a broad education
Career success is more likely for a person with the skills provided by a liberal arts education
Musical artistry, imagination, and depth are enhanced as a result of a liberal arts education
The point of the double-degree education is not to provide a safety net - though it does! - but rather to keep doors open. When doors are open you have freedom to choose what is best for you.
But will I have enough time to practice?
Yes, because smart, intense practicing is most valuable.
If the argument is right, why hasn’t the double-degree idea been widely accepted?
Because, historically speaking, musicians and other “entertainers” have been the victims of class prejudice, and some 19th century ideas of “genius” and “intuition” have misled us.
What does a double-degree program actually look like? What do the students think of it, and where are the graduates going?
Read the student's answers, in their own words.