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Questions about sending Art and Music supplements

nervousintlnervousintl Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
edited September 2014 in Stanford University
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!!

Replies to: Questions about sending Art and Music supplements

  • nervousintlnervousintl Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
  • brownie789brownie789 Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    Ok let me see how I can help

    Arts supplement
    1) They like to see focus, though, and likely if they didn't put that they would have people sending lots of mediocre pieces from various mediums rather than a few stand out pieces from one medium
    2) They may pass it off to the arts department, who will evaluate it it, and if they really admire what they see they will let admissions know that they'd like you to be a part of their program if at all possible
    3) Essentially any recommendations are accepted, there should be a page about additional letters of rec on the admissions page, just don't send too many. But an arts one sounds like a good idea.
    4) Can't help you with that one. The art teacher may know best, actually

    Music Supplement
    1) I sent in 2 total, but don't send in 2 music plus arts. I pick just one, unless you are genuinely equally talented in both. But Cello is more unique, and many students can sing, so I would only pick voice if you are literally a broadway star.
    2) As long as you're soloing, it shouldn't matter
    3) The faculty that reviews it is the classical music faculty. They know that pop singers are likely to get more involved with accapella ( a non-university funded, student driven set of groups), and that cellists are more likely to be in the orchestra/chamber music/private lessons (University funded, enrollment driven, brings in tangible numbers and money). They will be more inclined to take you if you focus on classical or jazz, rather than pop.
  • nervousintlnervousintl Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    @brownie789, thanks for answering. Very helpful!
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