Webster Freshman MT Major
My daughter is a freshman MT at Webster, who has only been at school for a little over two weeks now, so i don't have lots of info to offer other parents, but i can say that she was SO relieved to not have to be prepared to audition on the first day of classes this year! The whole transition to college was really enough, and she is an easy going, conscientious, hard working, talented, motivated kid.........those freshman who must audition will do it just fine, but it was a relief, rather than a burden for her this year.
She is loving it so far.......i will say the schedule is a bit grueling. First class is at 8:30 am every day and the "conservatory block" ends at 6pm. She has an hour for lunch in the mix, but that's it. She could have one additional free hour, but elected to over-subscribe to take an additional dance class. So with Jazz, Ballet, Piano, Music Theory, Private voice, Freshman Seminar, and the conservatory block which consists of 5-ish classes that rotate throughout the week in a block period from 1-6, she is extraordinarily booked. She added an additional dance class on her own, which she loves, but made her even busier. The students received their crew assignments this last week, which will then give her commitments from 7-11pm frequently as well....until her show is put to bed (right before Thanksgiving).
She is crazy about the faculty and the students, who come from all over the country.....there are 20 performance majors.....10 BFA MT's (3 girls and 7 boys) and 10 BFA MT's (7 girls and 3 boys)....and 3 directing majors. All of the freshman live in the same dorm and were hanging out together from the first day of orientation......there have been several off campus excursions planned by the kids and the upper class men seem eager to include them in activities.
She cannot say enough about the faculty. From hearing her talk, they couldn't be more warm, encouraging, professional and eager for the students success. I must say i found them all impressive at the orientation as well.
The only thing she isn't crazy about is the food! It does look fairly dismal, even for college food.......but she is getting by fine.
Hopefully i will have more to offer those looking as time goes on!