Hi everybody. I am in a bit of a confusing situation right now.. I have been set on going to Berklee College of Music for about 4 years..(I've played guitar for 11 years). I auditioned recently, and am waiting to hear back in March.. I did pretty well during my audition, but I know that my music theory and sightreading could be better.. The school seems to get more competitive especially for guitar players each year..accepting less than 10 percent of those who apply. (That's what I hear at least).
I really want to study Music Business and Music Technology (Recording, Audio, acoustics,etc.) I wouldn't mind Songwriting either. but ok, here is the dilemma:
I am looking for a "Plan B". One of my ideas was to move to Boston (from Illinois) this summer after I graduate high school, and to take lessons 4-5 times a week from berklee instructors or alumni(whichever I can find) in hopes of being fully prepared to nail my audition and get into the Spring 2011 or Summer 2011 Semesters. I would have to hold a part time job while doing this.. I am just worried about doing all of the work and still not being accepted. I know I have talent, and am a good guitarist..I just may not be what they would consider a "berklee student". You never know.
My other option would be to go to another college to get my gen. eds. done, and raise my GPA as much as possible, and then apply to a school like NYU or something. I am very interested in NYU's Music Business or Music Technology program.
Are there any other great schools for music business or music technology?
I'm looking for something in a very urban big city type of setting, and a school that is regionally accredited.
When it comes to grades, I am the classic "I could have done so much better if I would have fully applied myself in high school" type of kid. I spent too much time focusing on music. My GPA isn't amazing..but isn't Terrible. Its a 3.3. I also know I would have to nail the SAT test..which I know I could do well on.. But yeah, the idea would be to go to another college and hopefully have somewhere around a 3.8-4.0 gpa. (I am completely dedicated to this), and then transfer.
Please let me know if you have any advice, or any other school ideas? etc.