If you know the answer to any of these questions, your help would be appreciated! :)
Art Supplement Questions:
1- It says on the Stanford Arts Supplement Instructions that Stanford recommends focusing on one specific medium when submitting a porfolio. Why?
2- I'll be sending in a Painting and Drawing portfolio. How will they evaluate it and what do they look for?
3- I was thinking of having my arts instructor send in a recommendation (I've taken courses outside of school for 10 years, I've been commissioned by publishing companies and my work has been featured in a magazine. I figured that having a recommendation would validate all of that, but also my talent, passion, curiosity, technique, etc.). Can I have one sent in? I didn't see anything mentioning an art teacher rec anywhere.
4- I'm (of course) applying to some other schools, who for a fact need the art teacher recommendation. What specifics should I ask my teacher to stress on?
Music Supplement Questions:
1- I've played the cello for 4 years.I also sing professionally. Do I need to pick one for the supplement, or can do both in one "Music Supplement"? I can't send in two music supplements because I'm 100% sending an art one and the maximum of supplements that can be sent in is 2. Can I do both cello and singing in one go?
2- I've been singing my whole life and just recently joined an indie-pop band. We've played in Music Festivals and fundraisers and such. Should I send in a recording from one of our performances, or would an a cappella recording be preferred?
3- My real point is, I don't sing classical music and I've never taken a singing class (but I have the credentials to send in a supplement). I'm guessing the supplement would be reviewed by faculty. How would they evaluate me? Can I still send one in?
My sister and her boyfriend both go to Stanford (obviously neither knew how to answer my questions or I wouldn't be here), and they said that submitting the cello and singing would only enhance my application. Can a supplement or two have that much influence on the decision?
Thank you for you help!!