Hi! I'm a sophomore in HS and have been thinking a lot about colleges and stuff lately. I love to write music, and definitely want to pursue it as a career, but i don't have too much resume stuff to back it up:
I write stuff in my free time, and last year i performed a couple of times throughout the year at open houses and stuff, really small things. I also participated and won second place in a (pretty small) composition contest... i am studying with a professor from Rice, both classical piano (which i have been doing for about 10 years now but not nearly as motivated as when i was younger; im pretty bad now) as well as orchestration/composition which i love.
basically i want to go to a good school that will offer a strong music composition program but is also strong in other areas so i can double-degree (have no idea what to do, but want to have a backup plan)...
so my first question is, should i get a B.A. or B.M. for composition? I don't think performance matters nearly as much when youre writing the stuff, but at the same time i know that B.A. is like 25% music related and the rest of it is not, which is pretty small. im also more into contemporary music (id love to pursue either film scoring or songwriting or both - as of now im much stronger in songwriting, as i have been doing it for a while, but i am learning my orchestration!)
also, do you think i could get in a good, if not great, music program even with few resume stuff to put on?
finally, what are some really good schools that offer a good music composition program in CONTEMPORARY music? i know some like carnegie mellon are really classical-oriented which is not what im looking for (i understand that you need to learn it for background and there are great things that can come from that, but i would rather focus on contemporary styles). it would be helpful if those colleges also are good at other areas of study :)
if it helps, i have a 4.0 gpa and will be taking IB curriculum next year, and a few extracurriculars i can add in (but arent that super significant).
thank you so much!!!