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A photo of AlexC2010 AlexC2010
Hey guys,

Just wondering for universities that require supplementary applications (commerce programs/highly competitive programs like Western Ivey or Queens Commerce) if putting yourself as playing an instrument would count as an extracurricular. I'm not trying to find "filler," just making sure I put everything down that I can. I've played drums for 3 years now, probably about 5 hours a week. However, I'm self taught, so I don't know if that actually counts as something I can put.

Let me know your thoughts.
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A photo of cyynthiia cyynthiia
I would still think it counts as an EC.
It IS extracurricular, something you do outside of school time.
But are you a part of any kind of band?
I don't know if it'd count since it's self-taught, though.

Anyhow, isn't it too late now? I thought supps were due ages ago, unless you already wrote it and am just asking to find out.
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A photo of AlexC2010 AlexC2010
Thanks for your response! I am not part of any band, unfortunately :(. And I'm not in my final year of high school, lets just say I'm already getting my ec's ready for applying next year :P. Thinking in advanced :)
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A photo of cyynthiia cyynthiia
Oh haha, always good to prepared. :P
You should join your school band next year then.. you've already had all the years of practice/experience!
That way you know it'll be legit on your supps.
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A photo of heesoup heesoup

@AlexC2010 wrote
Hey guys,

Just wondering for universities that require supplementary applications (commerce programs/highly competitive programs like Western Ivey or Queens Commerce) if putting yourself as playing an instrument would count as an extracurricular. I'm not trying to find "filler," just making sure I put everything down that I can. I've played drums for 3 years now, probably about 5 hours a week. However, I'm self taught, so I don't know if that actually counts as something I can put.

Let me know your thoughts.



I put playing flute for my school concert band as an EC on my Ivey app.
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A photo of cyynthiia cyynthiia
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That would be legit since you're on your school band.
But OP is self taught and isn't on a band so I don't know if they would consider it an actual EC.
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A photo of smarty1 smarty1
Hey supp man,

I am a Drummer too. I am (and always was), however, part of many bands both in and out of school and I've played at a ton of concerts and shows. I've been playing Drums and other percussions and involved in Music since many years now, so a good part of my applications were filled with Music-related ECs.

In your case though, I don't think just "knowing" how to play an instrument would count as an EC. That's like saying, "I know how to draw, write, ride a bike, drive a car, etc... and I do these outside of school time." Lol, so yeah, I don't think just knowing how to do something would count as an EC...

What grade are you in btw?

As previous posts suggested, it's a good idea to start off by joining a school band.

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There's nothing that I would recommend that hasn't already been said here, but I agree with the others in that it's best to have something substantial for your drumming practice. I'm in the same boat as you are with piano -- except that I've earned a couple of music certificates, volunteer as a piano accompanist at my church, played at several honor recitals, and even soloed once at an internationally recognized arts venue outside of North America. I doubt it would have had the same effect if I just said that I played piano.
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