My HS senior son has been studying music and musical theatre since elementary school, including lots of classical voice/musical theatre and to a lesser extent piano, music theory, and songwriting. He became very interested in composition during junior year, began work with a composition teacher over the winter, and attended Lamont’s Summer Academy for composition this summer, solidifying his interest in applying to BM programs in composition this fall.
As we’re looking into programs, he’s interested in music schools within universities or liberal arts schools and ones that provide opportunities for collaborations with other departments (musical theatre, film, dance, etc.) in addition to classical composition. Some of the schools on his list include:
U. of Michigan
Lamont School of Music at U. of Denver
ASU Herberger School of Music
Mannes School of Music
U. Of Colorado, Boulder
CSU Long Beach
My question is whether some of these programs require more experience than he currently has and/or if others are willing to admit students based on musical experience in other fields and “potential.” I worry that without guidance he might only apply to schools that fall into the first group and won’t be accepted anywhere. I would appreciate any guidance since music is not at all my area of expertise.
Thanks so much.