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Simply put, you do not need to know flute and clarinet to get into college.

However, if you are a jazz-oriented person, going into a university setting with a knowledge of doubles can help you immensely in ensemble playing. It can also get you more gigs in pits for musicals and the like.

If you are an education person, knowing these instruments by having playing experience on them can be helpful too. It will make them easier to teach to young kids, because you'll know what they're going through as beginners.
 

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oh that make sense. I double on oboe (HATE IT!!!!!!!) but i will ask the teacher if i can switch to clarinet
 

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texacan said:
To get in college do I need to know how to play flute and clarinet?
Of the millions of college students enrolled, I would say a very small minority play flute and clarinet.
 

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I mean which program - History, pharmacy, anthropology...
 

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Jazz is performance, at least for a bachelors degree at most (if not all) schools. I think you have to wait for a masters or even a doctorate to do jazz pedagogy.

None of the guys in Pat Harbison's band play clarinet, and I know some don't play flute either. They played this one song once where they were supposed to play clarinet except for the bari player. None could, so they had to use the schools' Mark 6 sopranos. They thought this was awesome until they had to tune.
 

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texacan said:
oh that make sense. I double on oboe (HATE IT!!!!!!!) but i will ask the teacher if i can switch to clarinet
NO, NO--keep the oboe double. Oboes get most of the solos in concert band and orchestra.
 

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To get in college do I need to know how to play flute and clarinet?
Depends. You do if you want to get in as a clarinet or flute player!

OK but really, a friend of mine was accepted to Eastman (now starting his second year of masters degree) and when he auditioned he couldn't play clarinet at all, and just very little flute. He only played saxophone. He started learning clarinet and flute after he was in the school and he now plays those instruments there in some groups I think (maybe a big band, I can't remember). So you can get into a school (at least some schools) without knowing how to play those instruments.
 

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Oboe is great for getting those other jobs to cover costs and gets misc gigs .. might be pit orchestra etc but good oboeists (?) are hard to come by

Keep oboe, especially if you already have one

but if you ever get into a small ensemble knowing flute and clarinet could come in handy
 

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The less common doubles are something special, trust me...I picked up bassoon almost as a joke 3 years ago for a semester of concert band and set it aside for over two and a half years. I picked it back up a month ago and I've been asked to join every community ensemble in the area. From that, I've been asked to sit in on sax in a couple of the groups, and a jazz band picked me up as lead alto.

That oboe will get your name out to people, if nothing else. Glad you've decided to keep the oboe double.
 

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yeah im sticking with oboe. (also cause my band director would kill me if i didnt lol) but i also guess im goin to flute then clarinet. :) thanks guys
 
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