I would love school suggestions. At the moment, my son is considering a couple of double degree programs (BM and BA in CS) but we suspect a better fit for him is a place with a strong liberal arts education, great opportunities for percussionists (either a BA or strong ensembles or other) and a good comp sci program. For us it is a little easier to figure out if a school is a good fit for him in terms of general academics and comp sci. Music is a different story (especially if we are not talking about BM). I would love to hear from parents who recently went through a similar journey. I posted a question on a different forum and it has been incredibly helpful to hear their stories.
It probably helps if I try to describe my son’s percussion skills. He has been playing classical percussion for 8 years: weekly lessons outside school plus 1-2 hr practice every day. At the place where he studies, they organize several concerts each year for the full percussion ensemble and a few solos. He has also played in summer camp orchestras like Interlochen and YOLA. He does not play drum kit, steel drums, etc. All his work has been on contemporary classical percussion. At school he sings in an auditioned choir but he does not play percussion (so he has never participated in state competitions). He was accepted into a national orchestra run by Carnegie Hall which I understand is pretty competitive. He was also accepted into Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute percussion workshop (unfortunately they are online this year and last year they cancelled on him!). He also performed at NPR’s From The Top last year. He does not care about school size or location and financial aid is not important. He wants to focus on percussion performance and comp sci because those are the two things he loves the most. He does not want to think about jobs right now but he is fully aware of the challenges.
I would also appreciate comments on the schools currently on the list.
Also, what is the difference between a BA in music with no audition requirements vs one that requires an audition? Maybe they focus on an academic study of music? It is hard to imagine an orchestra or even a music theory class where some kids are strong performers and others are not. I imagine it is more fun to play and study with people similar to you. But I am not a musician; I really don’t know.
His list so far:
Colorado at Boulder
Tufts?(not sure yet)