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Singing - any help?

yuor28yuor28 73 replies8 threads Junior Member
Hi all,

My son wants to try to apply to couple of middle schools next year. He is very smart but doesn't do well on tests (we'll work on that but still don't think he can get excellent ssat score), he does not play sports.... But he is very artistic and he is a very good singer.
So, my question... Are there any well known competitions or places or whatever he can do that will look impressive on the application and will be his "hook"? I tried googling but it seems that everyone can start a competition, make a website and rent a Carnegie Hall...

I would appreciate any info

ps
We are in MA but are willing to travel if needed...
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  • skieuropeskieurope 39732 replies7236 threads Super Moderator
    edited April 2018
    Are there any well known competitions or places or whatever he can do that will look impressive on the application and will be his "hook"?
    I've stated the following as it relates to colleges, but it apples here as well.

    Applicants (and their parents) need to eliminate the word "impressive" from their vocabulary until after decisions are made. It is the rare application/course schedule/EC that will "impress" admissions. Perhaps the AO that read Malala's application was "impressed" but she set the bar high. IMO, the best EC is the one that allows the applicant to grow his/her leadership skills/maturity/team skills/intellectual curiosity/pick any other attribute. In almost all instances, this skill will be displayed through the essays and/or recs, not by the filling in the activities box on the app. Additionally, for many schools, a very strong EC will not overcome stats that are significantly lower than the accepted students' average.

    The better question is asking which school would be the best fit for your child.
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  • yuor28yuor28 73 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Well, we don't have many middle school options around us, so we pretty much have a list of schools he'll apply to.

    Reading this forum it seems like everyone need a "hook" (I actually didn't even know this term before I started reading collegeconfidential)...

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  • yuor28yuor28 73 replies8 threads Junior Member
    also there are numerous threads about math competitions and how, hm hm "impressive" it looks on the application....
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  • Happytimes2001Happytimes2001 1516 replies12 threads Senior Member
    Tri State Music awards. If you child is in the LPS or private schools they select a couple of the best kids in music and singing. You have to try out. These kids also repeat with a similar program in high school. It has already passed for this year. I'll get the name for you. There are also other programs for singing where you try out. If you have a music teacher they might also be able to tell you. Singing teachers might also know if they are young as they may have won the awards themselves.
    Also, Mass music awards (MMEA), then they go to all State.
    And kids with great voices often participate in theater (some of which are highly competitive/professional/semi-professional).
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  • Happytimes2001Happytimes2001 1516 replies12 threads Senior Member
    Sorry don't think MMEA is the one. But there are a few some state wide some regional. You can likely find them on Google or via you music teacher.
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  • gouf78gouf78 7793 replies23 threads Senior Member
    I know you're looking for a "hook" but if your son really enjoys singing look for a Barbershop Harmony Society chorus in your area. It's four-part acapella singing and a very social group. They do community shows and competition also. It's something that is great for a lifetime. Encompasses all ages.
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  • SevenDadSevenDad 4285 replies136 threads Senior Member
    I posted something similar on a thread where a applicant was inquiring about what sport s/he should highlight in his/her application.

    My advice was this: Unless you are an "impact player" — in this case, a truly gifted/accomplished singer, then I don't know how much it's going to matter with regard to admissions chances. I stand by this POV.

    And if they are that good, a simple video may be all you need to get the ear (and support) of the person in charge of the vocal program at the target school. But keep in mind that how much pull that person has may vary greatly depending on the school.

    If your kids is more art-focused, have you considered something like Idyllwild Arts?
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  • KnightsDudeKnightsDude 54 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I hear Rivers has a good music program. However, I am not expert :)
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  • yuor28yuor28 73 replies8 threads Junior Member
    thank you all!
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