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Class of 2024 undergrad/Class of 2022 grad: The Tours, the Auditions, the Journey

DramaMama603DramaMama603 69 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
Having learned so much from @akapiratequeen 's thread for the previous class (and since it's that group's "Journey-versary"), it makes sense to start a thread for the next group of musicians! My hope is that we can duplicate the type of community that this year's group formed, complete with camaraderie and support offered by the knowledgeable and insightful parents on that page! Parents of current juniors, please tell us about your child and share your child's journey over the next year. This thread can be an amazing reference for all of us as we begin this process.

My S20 is a drummer (rock, jazz, pop) and is interested in film scoring as well. We are at the very beginning of our journey, so we have only looked at Berklee so far. The Berklee Professional Music major seems to be a great option since he can study performance and film scoring under one major, but we know enough to cast a wide net. He is our second child to go to college for performing arts. For our first child, we had the benefit of an audition coach. Fun fact: he applied to the 5-week Rock Workshop and we are currently awaiting results (due April 8th). Fingers crossed for that!

Would love to hear from others starting this journey. What is your kid's background, and what is s/he looking for? Have you done any tours? What are your impressions so far?
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  • SpartanDrewSpartanDrew 1080 replies10 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Best wishes to all starting this journey beginning NOW!!
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  • lkbux64lkbux64 377 replies5 threadsRegistered User Member
    Good luck to all of you juniors! Look forward to following along!
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  • GagasMomGagasMom 23 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Hi 2024! Wishing all of you the best in this process! Definitely use these threads as a resource & ask questions of "old timers" as it does get really confusing at times. Good luck!!
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  • akapiratequeenakapiratequeen 1017 replies34 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @Racingfan53 what is your instrument/voice?
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  • musicfamilymusicfamily 64 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Hi everyone! Mother of 11th grade violinist here. I have been on CC for about four years, but have not posted much. I have been following along most of the music threads, gaining info to help my daughter in her college search. She plays several instruments, but violin is her primary, and favorite. I feel blessed that she decided in 7th grade that music was what she wanted to do. Having that much time to learn everything feels like such a luxury compared to those who start later in the game. Like many of you, there is not really anyone around us who understands the process of applying to music schools, or even why she would want to major in music in the first place. Without this forum, I would be completely lost. We have, for the most part, narrowed down her list of schools and visited a few. She's even had a sample lesson at one. Looking forward to sharing the journey over the next year.
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  • SweetStringsSweetStrings 19 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    [email protected]! I’ve got an 11th grade violinist too! I also have an 8th grade violist so I’m hoping to be a lot more savvy when it’s her turn. We haven’t had any visits yet. We’re hoping to go up North in the Fall to see some schools and get trial lessons.
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  • gram22gram22 109 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @musicfamily and @sweetstrings : Welcome ! Dad of a violinist (class of 22) here.

    You're pretty early in the game, which is great (I didn't find this board till the year following my S's admission to music school) - so make your appointments this summer with 2/3 professors you think they may want to study with and get that lesson - at least on Skype if not live. They may not be on campus, so you may actually need to visit them where they're working during the summer. This is about the right time to get that underway so you can make a more informed choice next spring. It's all about the professor, and the school is somewhat secondary.

    Once fall kicks in, you'll get busy with apps and prescreens which will make travel hard.

    Good luck to '24, and looking forward to hearing your experiences here.
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  • musicfamilymusicfamily 64 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @SweetStrings Good to have another violinist! Haven't really seen any the last couple years. Since you are going to go up North, do you live in the South? That's where we are. Not too many schools close by, so lots of travel, though we are trying to limit distance.

    @gram22 Yay for another violinist! And one with some recent experience. I feel pretty good about where we are in the process. Still, I know the next year is going to be crazy. Good thing we like roller coasters!
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  • khill87khill87 70 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @DramaMama603 Thank you so much for starting this! I've only been on the 2023 journey thread (and on CC) since early March, but I have learned SO much! The main lesson: that this is a fantastic and really supportive community. So glad to be part of it and appreciate all the folks who are still part of it after their fledglings have left the nest!

    Mom of a 2024 prospective VP here! D is a soprano who's been taking private voice lessons for just over two years and singing with a well-respected children's choir for 8 years. (She's also played horn for five years but voice is her true love). Interested in many types of music but her voice seems best suited to classical. Definitely interested in a BM and would prefer a conservatory or program with fewer gen ed requirements. Lots of schools on the table from a no-name regional in-state university with a great -- but not especially well known -- music program (still an audition-only program but with a low barrier to entry for the university itself), to a long list of others that still needs narrowing down but includes some mid-range and some top schools, mostly in the midwest and northeast. (Visiting a couple of them as we speak, during spring break!) D is attending Tanglewood & the Oberlin vocal program this summer and maybe will cross paths there with some of your kids!
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  • akapiratequeenakapiratequeen 1017 replies34 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    What a wonderful path @Racingfan53 ! I know a gifted choir director here in NJ who has taken a similar road. She went to Westminster and got her Masters at Rutgers Mason Gross...is now working on a PhD (from I believe BU) while working for our district. Where are your dream schools?
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  • SweetStringsSweetStrings 19 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @musicfamily we are located in Florida and D20 is primarily interested in schools in the Northeast. We’re hoping to visit in the Fall as many as we can squeeze into a week. This whole process is so costly and I don’t want to spend more than I have to. It’s a really hard call knowing what’s the right amount to invest in this whole process.
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