Excuse my posting spree, but you guys were so helpful with my SAT question …11th grade DS wants to get a BM in clarinet performance (probably. education hasn’t been ruled out). We’re trying to put together a list of schools, and I feel like there must be a few more out there that we should be looking at. We’re in Georgia, and right now he’s looking at Schwob at Columbus State and Kennesaw State for in-state options, but he’d rather go out of state if possible. On that list he has Oberlin, Bard, Lawrence, possibly North Texas, possibly Vanderbilt (Vanderbilt isn’t showing a clarinet prof right now on their website; I assume they’ll be hiring a new one before he would be applying, though?)
*he’s homeschooled and a strong student so far (1400 SAT, several good AP scores)
*he definitely wants a BM and isn’t particularly interested in a dual degree; he’s still looking at Bard because he likes other things about it, but he sees that part as a negative (I don’t, but I don’t have super strong feelings about it).
*He likes the idea of a small school (he visited Oberlin when his older brother was considering it, and that’s the current dream school for him), but is willing to consider big schools, too.
*good need based financial aid is probably a must–we have a low EFC. This is the main place I’m having trouble figuring out where to look: we’ve done the college application thing before with my oldest, but he wasn’t looking at music, so we focused on needs-met schools and had lots to pick from. There are fewer needs-met schools with good music programs, as far as I can tell, and some of them are likely out his league at this point (Rice, et al)
*the other place I’m running into trouble is figuring out where he has a realistic shot (and where he doesn’t). We’ve spoken to his private teacher about this (who’s also a college professor) and he helped a lot in pointing us in the right direction, but he’s not familiar with every program. DS has only been playing since the beginning of high school, so almost 2 1/2 years now. I think he’s done very well given that, but there’s only so much ground he can make up. In addition to private lessons, he plays with a youth orchestra and a youth wind symphony (well. the orchestra isn’t meeting right now, but the wind symphony has started up outdoor rehearsals). For reference, his teacher said the in-state schools were likely safeties for him, Oberlin a reach but definitely worth trying for, and Rice “beyond a reach.”
So, yeah–that mostly sums it up, I think: schools with good need based financial aid and good clarinet programs where he might have a realistic shot.