Hi, I'm just finishing up the college process with my older son, and I'm starting to think about how to handle things differently when my younger son is ready to apply. He's a 7th grader now, so I'm just looking for some advice about how to plan ahead.
My thirteen-year old is very much involved with music and theater (mostly music, but he likes drama too), and will probably want to go to a school with a heavy emphasis on music and the arts, where he can major in music. (Right now he's thinking of music and education so he can be a music teacher, but of course, he is young so that could change!) He struggles somewhat in the more academic subjects, so he probably won't be applying with a 4.0 or stellar SAT/ACT scores, but perhaps we can work on getting them into the high-average range.
Does anyone have suggestions of what we should be doing throughout the high school years to set him up for a good college application/acceptance? Marching band, jazz band, private band? Extracurricular bands or theater productions? What makes a music/theater major stand apart and look great on an app?
Also, any suggestions of middle-of-the-road schools for music? He does not like a high-pressure environment, so it would need to be somewhere that focuses on music without being terribly intense about it. We watched Whiplash the other day (not really appropriate for a 13-year old, but I didn't realize that until it was too late) and he was horrified and said he wanted to quit drumming if it was going to be like that! Additionally, money is always an issue, so we would be looking for a nice school with a great music program that is not highly competitive, hard to get into, or super-expensive. This is a very laid back, fun guy who just loves music. :)
Any thoughts are welcome! :)