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Public schools with good music programs

becadamstxbecadamstx Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
edited May 2013 in Music Major
I know there are a lot of good private music schools. Does anyone know of good public schools with good music programs? My daughter is finishing her junior year and headed to Interlochen for voice for the six-week summer program.
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  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Registered User Posts: 21,811 Senior Member
    Indiana is one of the top schools for vocal performance. My D is an Interlochen grad, if you want any information as you go through the college search process. She is a vocal performance major at Rice, but applied to many of the top programs. She thinks Michigan is strong in vocal performance, too (another public school).
  • juniorinhsjuniorinhs Registered User Posts: 645 Member
    U of Rochester (NY) has connections with Eastman School of Music
  • becadamstxbecadamstx Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Thanks. My daughter is not particularly strong academically. So I guess I need to throw that into the mix too.
    Eastman is part of U of Rochester, right? Eastman would be great to get into. Our fingers will be crossed.
  • camper89camper89 Registered User Posts: 334 Member
    isnt rochester private? but heres some more great public school music programs:
    University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    University of Oklahoma
    University of North Texas, Denton
    University of Michigan(amazing vocal performance. ur gonna have to meet dr. blackstone over there, hes superb)
    Ohio State University
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Registered User Posts: 21,811 Senior Member
    camper- none of those are particularly strong in vocal performance except for Michigan.
  • MomOf3StarsMomOf3Stars Registered User Posts: 822 Member
    University of Rochester is definitely private and with a price tag to match.
    The 3 State University of New York options you might want to try are:
    SUNY Potsdam - Crane School of Music is supposed to be a good school
    SUNY Fredonia
    SUNY Purchase

    Also, depending on what your geographic needs are I think that the University of Pennsylvania has some pretty good music programs. However, if it is cheaper tuition you are after you would be better off looking at your own state u's b/c out of state tuition for some of these schools can be pretty high, although maybe not as high as a private school tuition (I am not sure on this as we have not looked out of state for schools aside from briefly considering Berklee).
  • MomOf3StarsMomOf3Stars Registered User Posts: 822 Member
    Sorry, forgot to add that University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music are considered very selective as far as admission. My own daughter's chances of getting in to Eastman are considered slim to none although she could probably get into U of R on a non-music major depending on her SAT grades (they say their average student is an 1800 on the new SAT).

    Most of the people on this board will tell you as they have told me that when it comes to music schools the audition is the most important factor in admission.

    I would throw this out though. I have a friend whose daughter applied for admission to the musical theater program at Ithaca College. Two weeks before her audition date she received a letter from Ithaca stating that she had not made it into the College therefore she did not need to show up to the audition. I think this is definitely not the norm though but her grades were in the B range and her SAT's were average. Anyway, her daughter did go on to get a nice merit scholarship in the musical theater program at another school and all is well that ends well.
  • -Allmusic--Allmusic- Registered User Posts: 6,350 Senior Member
    U Penn is private as well. Penn State is the flagship public in PA.

    URochester is not nearly as selective as Eastman though. And yes, there is a hefty price tag to these schools too.

    My DS met a couple kids from the UConn and UMass music schools at a summer jazz program and he was pretty impressed with them. Anyone know anything about either of those state schools' music programs?
  • becadamstxbecadamstx Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    What about the U of Hartford? I've heard that Hartt School is good. Like I said, my daughter isn't strong academically and her SATs are low average. Her interest is music.
    Ok, how about private schools with good financial aid? The ideal would be a small school with lots of personal attention with an excellent vocal music department that offers tons of financial aid and merit scholarships. Any ideas?
  • -Allmusic--Allmusic- Registered User Posts: 6,350 Senior Member
    UHartford is private as well. I have heard good things about the Hartt music program, although the academics are middling at best. No idea whatsoever about aid, though.
  • huskem55huskem55 User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 4,284 Senior Member
    UHartford gives very generous aid. and the Hartt school is one of the top music schools in the country.
  • PatNPatN Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    Is the University of Cinncinnati public? Ohio residents pay considerably less. They have a great conservatory, and the academic admission standards are somewhat less competitive.
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Registered User Posts: 21,811 Senior Member
    I wouldn't recommend Cincy for vocal performance. OR-quality of student life.
  • MTMinded06MTMinded06 . Posts: 11 New Member
    MomofWildChild: WHy not CCM for vocal performance? I know of a young lady who once gave up Juilliard for CCM for voice.
  • momgirlmomgirl Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    MomofWildChild: Don't know about quality of life at U. of Cinn., but I have heard that it is one of the best and most competitive for vocal performance??
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