Music Schools vs. Colleges of Arts and Sciences

<p>I am a student interested in applying to music schools but not necessarily declaring a major in music. Applying for the music scholarships is my number one concern. I know I would have to go on a school by school basis, but generally is it easy to go between colleges? I am also interested in pursuing a major or minor in international affairs or political science.</p>

<p>Though I don't know about the ease of going between music schools and A&S at these schools, here are some names that are often given for strong academically as well as musically: Oberlin, Bard, Lawrence, University of Rochester.</p>

<p>Why not consider a college with a strong music program? There are many LAC's and universities that have exceptional music programs and strong academics. LAC's like Lawrence and St. Olaf come to mind plus there are a large number of public and private universities that offer strong music programs with traditional academics. You get the best of both worlds.</p>

<p>Michigan is excellent at both.</p>

<p>try the Music Major forum. Also---are you interested in a double major, when you say music are you referring to music theory, composition, or performance? Do you want a music scholarship without a music major attached? Be very specific in the Music Major forum and you should be able to garner some specific answers.</p>

<p>You need to know the differences and subtleties between BA vs BM programs, the aspects of audition based or audition driven admits. Additionally, the nature and parameters of programs are institution specific. You would be well served to heed musicamusica's suggestion and repost here Music</a> Major - College Confidential</p>

<p>As a parent of a strong music student who is not going into music in college (but will participate in ensembles), we found the best music scholarship money to come from schools with decent, but not top-notch music programs. For example, Hobart and William Smith has a $15,000. Arts Scholarship.</p>

<p>Beware that a strong music student may be stifled with the music at a non top-notch school. Even the music at schools which purport to have "good" music programs may be really boring for a strong music student.</p>

<p>Good point. However, I have that aggravating kid who likes to be better than everyone else. So, it should work for him!</p>

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<p>How familiar are you with what is available for music based scholarships? Are you aware of the difference between an audition based talent award for a music major and a music award (audition or submission based) that may or may not involve a participatory commitment on the part of the student? </p>

<p>If you could expand your thought processes, detail your musical training and emphasis, and outline your academic requirements, I might be able to point out some specific options.</p>

<p>Thank you for all your suggesstions.
I'm not looking to go to a top school, just one that I feel i could fit in with. I am welcoming any options, though. I am a violin student interested in musical performance. I have been taking for 13 years under private study at CIM. I am also trained in music theory and now have 5th chair 1st violin in the youth orchestra I am in.</p>

<p>A couple of non-major music scholarship threads:</p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/music-major/645690-non-need-based-scholarships-not-based-musical-talent-either.html?highlight=scholarships%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/music-major/645690-non-need-based-scholarships-not-based-musical-talent-either.html?highlight=scholarships&lt;/a>
<a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/music-major/738595-scholarships-non-majors.html?highlight=scholarships%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/music-major/738595-scholarships-non-majors.html?highlight=scholarships&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>And a couple of performance ops for non-major threads:
<a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/music-major/736457-non-major-music-seeking-ne-participation.html?highlight=major%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/music-major/736457-non-major-music-seeking-ne-participation.html?highlight=major&lt;/a>
<a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/music-major/386212-non-major-music-opps-colleges.html?highlight=non+major%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/music-major/386212-non-major-music-opps-colleges.html?highlight=non+major&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>