I posted this on the Rice University forum as well.
I hope this isn't a dumb question.
My ds is a pianist who may or may not want to major in music performance. I understand that one is admitted directly into Shepherd as a musis student. But, what if he were not good enough to be admitted into the conservatory but felt like Rice might be a good choice if he were to choose NOT to major in music?
The pressure to know about music so early on is particularly exacerbated because ds is a grade skip. Although I realize that Rice, in general, is a big reach for everyone, he has stats which are in range (test scores, grades, academic rigor, etc.).
Is there some way to apply as a general student/admit alongside (for lack of a better term) as a music student? Piano is SO competitive, and he is still unsure about this as a major.