Hello, everyone. I’m so glad to have found this forum!
My son just finished his Junior year in high school. He has always been interested in composition and orchestration, and one of the bright sides to the pandemic was the extra time at home provided the opportunity to develop his craft. He’s been very busy in his home studio; he is now certain that a career in media composition is the path for his future.
We come from a small town, so the opportunities for formal training in this area have been limited. It has been hard to gauge his level of talent/experience/aptitude in a niche field. He participated in a Junior Composition camp last summer through the University of Minnesota that went very well. This summer, we jumped in further and he participated in the online screen scoring camps through NYU and the professional critiques were a wonderful experience to better understand the profession and hone his craft. In a week, he’ll be spending two weeks on campus at Berklee to join the High School Composition Intensive to further prepare for the admissions process.
Does anyone have insight into new admissions considerations for composition programs since the pandemic? As general programs are pulling back on requirements related to standardized test scores and GPA requirements to account for 18 months of disruption - Are we seeing the same for composition and music schools? I’m hoping that these summer programs will help to offset a year where my son wasn’t allowed to work with a live orchestra. He lost the chance to score for the drama department, couldn’t record a piece with his high school band, etc.
Thank you for any tips or advice as we navigate all this! Any advice would be welcome.