B.A. enough for grad school?

<p>Unfortunately I was denied admission from UCSB's B.M. performance degree, and right now am going to go in as a B.A. and then transfer to B.M. I've been playing piano for a little over two years, and would like to know if anyone has experience in what it's like to go from a school's B.A. to B.M. music program.</p>

<p>What is your primary instrument? You've only been playing the piano for two years? That honestly doesn't seem like enough preparation for a serious piano performance program...(again...you could be an exception, but most pianists have been playing since at least 10-11, and many much earlier than that)</p>

<p>My primary instrument is Piano. To give you an idea of where I'm at, I've just finished the second movement of Beethoven's Pathetique sonata and a Nocturne by Chopin. So yes, definitely not very virtuosic, but that's why i'm planning to try and build up my chops over the next two years.</p>

<p>piano is very competitive, people often begin playing as young as 4 or even 3. Plus pianists practice the most. but still its possible. do u attend CSUN? i heard someon from csun got into juilliard, indiana and manhattan all at the same time.</p>

<p>My answer would be that depends on the school and its music program. At a program like Indiana, for example, I suspect given your background and ability level, and the competiveness of the piano, it would be pretty much impossible (nothing is ever totally impossible, someone with 2 years on the piano might be a major 'natural', but it would be to say the least highly unlikely). I can attest, as others have, the competition on Piano is fierce, that a lot of the kids start early (3 or 4 often), and have been practicing hard for much of that time, it is that competitive. </p>

<p>Probably the best advice I could give would be to talk to your piano teacher or better yet, maybe arrange an evaluation with a member of the music performance department on piano and ask them what your chances are of 'crossing over'.</p>