How can you make music school decisions when you can’t visit?
Here are some suggestions:
1. Visit school websites and take their virtual tours. Some offer virtual open houses and Zoom meetings for prospective students and new admits.
2. If your questions aren’t answered on school websites, contact the admissions office. You may also want to email specific faculty members. If these schools participate on MajoiringInMusic.com you can also use the forms on their pages to ask your questions.
3. Ask for some student contacts you can connect with. Email these students with any questions that will help inform your decision.
4. If you haven’t yet had a lesson with a faculty member who teaches your instrument, inquire with the admissions staff as to whether this is possible and how to set it up remotely.
5. If you haven’t had a chance to sit in on classes, ask the admissions staff whether it would be possible to attend a class and/or rehearsal remotely.
6. Watch videos of student performances. This will give some insight into the music school culture you’d be part of.
7. See whether the schools you’re considering have an extended decision deadline. Some schools delay it to June 1 or later. This means the deadline for sending a deposit is also postponed. But be sure to check how this could impact housing on campus.
MajoringInMusic.com can work with concerns and issues around decision-making and other aspects regarding studying music on the college level. To learn more about fee-based consultation offered via telephone, FaceTime or Zoom: Contact@MajoringInMusic.com
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