You’ve reached a point where you’ve decided you want to pursue music full-time and to give yourself a sound foundation and a better chance of success, you’ve decided to enroll in a music school. There’s no shame in that, in fact you’ll be in good company. Many of the stars you want to be like passed through some form of performing arts school, an experience which had some level of influence on how they do their thing. Take Lady Gaga who is an alumnus of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She didn’t complete the musical theater conservancy course but you can tell by her dramatic live shows that she learnt a thing or two. Toma’s piece on guitar playing elucidated on the merits of knowing your notes.
After setting your heart on furthering your musical knowledge in school, you will be faced by a plethora of options. You could get your education from a music school, a music college, a conservancy or a liberal arts college. How do you know the best one to apply to? Here are some tips:
What do you want?
It’s bad manners to answer a question with a question but let’s make an exception here. You need to have clear goals as these will help you filter out the offerings of different institutions and zero in on the right one. Conservancies are great if your mind is set on music as a profession as they offer performance-intensive training. This is a great place to get your act together before going out on band or orchestra auditions. If you’re still not decided on what you want to do or which form of music you want to pursue, a stint in a liberal arts college is recommended. Here you can try out different music options under the guidance of a strong faculty hoping to identify your niche.
Do your homework
To get the best out of your time in school you need to take your time and find out as much as you can about as many schools as possible. Consult your music tutor, former music students that you know, musicians you’re acquainted with and even your folks. It is also recommended that you talk to the admissions personnel of the schools you’re considering to get clear details on the courses they offer. Finally, put Google to work and browse through as many music school websites as you can. You should also look through reviews from former students.
From this research you will get answers to questions like: is the curriculum performance or academics-focused? What minors do they offer and are students encouraged to take up non-music classes? Are there scholarships available to students, and what kind are they? Answers to these will help you settle on a learning institution that will give you real value for your money and more importantly, shape your future as an artist.
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