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Is anyone considering deferring their kid's conservatory for a year due to Covid-19?
Is anyone thinking of deferring their music school acceptances a year? We hadn't even considered doing this, but this weekend my son said that he didn't feel it would be financially worth it to go to a conservatory until the Covid crisis is over. He mentioned it may be better to spend a year at a community college and start conservatory the fall of 2021. We had just declined our two CUNY options when he said that, so I dismissed what he'd said, but several of our friends who are parents of musicians are also talking about this. Then someone sent me a few articles (one by a college dean) saying that a wise choice would be to defer admittance for a year and do online classes for transferable credit at a CC. The thinking seems to be that there is a chance the virus can return in the fall, meaning you will have paid for a university or conservatory experience that your child won't get because he/she may need to be home taking online classes. There was also mention that if your kid is going to school far away from home, a sudden shut-down may make it hard to get him/her home. ( A vaccine would certainly help allay everyone's fears, but this most likely won't happen until some point in 2021.)
I am not saying this is the route we are going to take, but I am curious if any of you would are thinking about delaying conservatory for a year? My heart says to move forward with conservatory, but I am curious about what other people are doing.