Hi, I am a senior this year and will be soon applying to colleges. I have questions about applying to music departments at IVY leage schools. Insightful answers are greatly appreciated.
1. First, I really need to clarify this. You know how music major (not like music therapy but im talking about performance major) is very different from other academic based majors by nature. For example, whether you do history or engineering or business or watever, those have to do with studying well. But music major is about playing well right? So does that mean that if you are applying to cornell music department, your academic doesnt matter that much but you just have to play well in the audition?
Like for juliard, there is a certain requirement that you need to meet.. like say over 3.0 GPA and 1200 SAT score. If you meet that number, they decide your admission mostly based on music skills. And I'm asking if this is the same thing for music departments at IVY schools. Whether you have to play well plus meet a certain academic requirement, or have to play well PLUS have very high academics just as the other applicants who apply to academic majors.
2. I have heard mixed answers from many people about switching majors at colleges. Some say it depends on the major. And others say that since the freshman year and sophomore year courses are almost the same regardless of your major, and since the college dont wanna lose your money, they let you switch from any major to whatever you want to switch to. Which one is right?
3. I heard some IVY League schools dont have undergraduate music performance major. For example, like Yale only has theoretical music (just like any other academic majors) but not a music performance major for undergraduate. Which IVY League schools offer music performance major for undergraduate? (and I play the violin)
4. Suppose the answer to my first question is 'you just need to meet a basic requirement for academics'. Then would it give big advantage to my admission if I apply to music department with music audition rather than applying to other academic major? (I have both good academics+good musical skills).
Because my logic is that While the IVYs are top academic schools in the nation, they are not top music schools. so I was thinking since I am equally good at academics and music, and since it seems like the music admission would be much less competitive than academic admission (becuz the best musicians apply to like Juliard or Curtis), I might have better chance of getting in with music.
I would appreciate a lot if anyone could answer my questions. Thank you.