Tips on Choosing an Arts and Music School for Your Child
If your child is interested in pursuing music in college, you’d be glad to know that the country has a number of universities and colleges that offer excellent music and arts programs. In choosing an arts and music school for your child, the dilemma perhaps is not the lack of excellent schools but rather, deciding which one is the right one for your child.
First off, as early as middle school, you and your child should already be preparing for college. College admissions can be quite competitive, which is why parents and kids often feel stressed come senior year, so early preparations can give you a good head start.
As for choosing the right school for your child, here are a few tips:
1. Learn About the Programs and Curriculum as Much as Possible
When going over music programs, it’s not enough to just rely on what the university website says. You and your child have to see these for yourselves, which is why a visit to the schools in your shortlist is a must. Request for a tour and visit to make sure that someone from university will be around to welcome you and answer all your questions.
This is a good opportunity for your child to have a “feel” of the campus as well, which of course, includes the Music Department.
When researching about the programs, it’s also a good idea to learn more about the professors and instructors. How good are they at teaching their course? How long have they been honing young musical geniuses? What is their overall reputation?
2. Check for Performance Opportunities
Will there be opportunities for students to perform? If so, how, where, and how many times in a year? Will every student be asked to perform will there be a selection process? It’s important for your child to have an opportunity to play before an audience because this will help them in their career should they decide to play on-stage rather than in the background, away from the spotlight. This will also help build confidence in how they play and perform.
3. Consider Location, Tuition, Scholarships, Financing, Culture, and Philosophy
Let’s face it, college isn’t cheap. In fact, a lot of adults now working in their respective fields are still paying for student loans, decades after they’ve graduated. For practical reasons, it’s important to consider location (its proximity to home so it will be easier to go home during school breaks), and tuition. Can you afford it? Will your child need to apply for a scholarship or financial aid? If so, how easily can your child fulfill the requirements to increase their chance of getting approved?
Additionally, is the school’s culture and philosophy aligned with your values? These are important questions you should be asking when choosing an arts and music school for your child.
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