how to pick a music school?

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  1. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

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    Momma Horn, It would be inappropriate for me to comment on the "best school" - I don't have ANY knowledge of the US education system. However, my experiences of high schools, colleges and universities in Australia (some of it personally, some vicariously through my boys) leaves me with the overwhelming idea that, in general terms, it makes little difference WHAT is studied - the important bit is that SOMETHING is studied. A music education - considering the very obvious requirement for both the theory and practical (performance) elements is an example where my observations potentially become truisms though - I don't really know what is required.

    How did I come to these conclusions, well my second degree is in business management, on top of studies in human resource development specialising in adult education, and that on top of an apprenticeship in aircraft maintenance engineering - and I currently teach people how gas turbine engines work :dontknow:, what does that have to do with business studies?

    So, what am I saying to you - pick the school that best meets all your criteria - allow 'da kid' to concentrate on her passion and remember the outcome may not be professional trumpeting - but the degree is valid in so many other ways - it shows employers her capability.

    At the end of the day, it's only the specialist who knows my business degree came from the best business school in Sydney - the words on the paper, for the uninitiated, say the same regardless of the school. If she is going to be a professional, then the school will matter - if the opportunities, the skill level, the passion, any of the variables change - then she still has a good education and she can prove it. A good school simply gives her more choice.

    Just a further thought - this young lady found a great horn, what are her thoughts about HER school.
     
  2. momma_horn

    momma_horn Pianissimo User

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    Hi all, and thank you.

    I think my question was how do you pick the right school, not which is the best school, but it may be one and the same anyway.

    Ted, the only thing I THINK she knows for sure is that she wants to be a pit player on Broadway, and have a teaching degree 'as a backup", and be at a school with a fabulous marching band. She's only mentioned one "GO TO" school, a big University with an awesome Marching Band but not necesarily a well-known music program, and another smaller school with whom she was quite impressed with instrumental director who conductor one of her festival concerts.

    She doesn't talk about it much....it overloads her brain, methinks. That is why I was looking for guidance about what to look for when picking a music school-I was hoping be a little wiser so as to help steer her in the right direction when she starts telling me more precisely what she wants in a school.

    For now, mums the word til she starts taking charge. :shhh:
     
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  3. erd402

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    I'm a junior in high school and have picked out the school I want to go to, talked extensively with the trumpet professor there, and am going up to visit this Spring. I think at this point if she is really interested and wants to find "the school" she should start making visits and creating contacts within those schools. I've talked to the professor at the school I want to go to several times over e-mail and he called me once and we talked for about 45 minutes about my goals, how the school could help me achieve them, and what I should do to secure my goals. It's a small school with a low student-teacher ratio, respected music program, and opportunity to succeed. Find what is most important about what she wants out of her education and what kind of environment she wants to learn in. I prefer smaller schools and would never want to go to a major state university. If this is something she would also like, don't worry about the marching band. Has she thought about DCI? She could join a drum corp and march during the summer. This way she can still march in an excellent group while not having to worry about juggling all of her courses and marching band and whatever other ensembles she participates in. As for the money, that is a good reason to start looking early. Search as if money is no option, while of course including affordable schools, and look into any scholarship available. They have scholarships for everything, even just for having blue eyes or being left handed. It sounds ridiculous, but they are out there. If she gets good grades expect money for that. My brother was looking into an expensive private college and doesn't even remember filling out entire application online and was admitted and given an instant $8000 scholarship for grades. Just keep the expensive options open and talk to the financial aid departments, they can help you get an estimate of what to expect in your financial aid package.
     
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  4. momma_horn

    momma_horn Pianissimo User

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    Thank you, Erd, I'm quite impressed! LOVE the DCI suggestion!

    good luck to you!
     
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  5. erd402

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    The school I'm going to doesn't have a marching band so that was an option I went over. I ended up deciding not to go for it because I've went through several problems that stemmed from marching band. Its a great activity if done right, but I started out doing it wrong and its caused several problems. My experiences will stay limited to watching DCI. Most of the corps will cost around $2000-3500 if I remember correctly. These prices can be brought down, though. I think I remember hearing that most corps offer fundraising opportunities and other ways to help pay for these.

    As a student looking into these same things, I know what your going though. I've researched a lot of information about schools and what to look for. My brother is a senior and looking into colleges so I've also learned a lot of the financial things about college admissions from going to colleges with him and listening to the conversations between my dad and the school counselors. I'll try to chime in if I see anything I can throw my two cents into.
     

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