NSB Music Theatre Student Ansering Questions!

<p>Hey everyone! I’m currently a Freshman at the New Studio on Broadway for Musical Theater, and I would love to answer any questions that you might have, especially pertaining to the audition process and life here at Tisch!</p>

<p>Tell us about life at Tisch!</p>

<p>Well there is quite a lot to cover! But I'll break it down day by day.</p>

<p>Mondays: One of my "academic" days. In the mornings I take a class known as Writing the Essay, which is more or less an English class, followed by Introduction to Theater Studies, which focuses on Theatrical History through analysis of various works throughout time. Next semester I will be taking a different Writing the Essay class and Introduction to Theater Production, which has more to do with the technical side of theater, though still dealing with its development throughout time. After these classes I have my voice lesson, which happens once a week for 50 minutes. We have an excellent group of voice teachers, one of which is assigned to you at the beginning of the school year.</p>

<p>Tuesday: My first day of studio, which runs from 9 am to 5:30 pm. I have Ballet, Pilates, Solo Vocal Performance, Sight Singing, and Acting.</p>

<p>Wednesday: Same as Monday, minus the voice lesson.</p>

<p>Thursday: A similar day to Tuesday, but I have Contemporary Dance, Pilates, Group Vocal Performance, Music Theory, and Acting.</p>

<p>Friday: My "light" studio day, with only three classes. I have Broadway Dance in the morning at 9 am, and then from 3:30 pm to 6:20 pm I take Speech and Keyboards.</p>

<p>All of the staff and faculty here are so amazing, and have so much knowledge of the professional world. I can't believe how much I have learned in less than a semester! I hope that helps! :)</p>

<p>Thanks! How is dorm life? How far are you from your classes? Are you on a meal plan? Do you have to be at school to eat? Anything else you can add...</p>

<p>There are special dorms just for Freshman, and everyone has their preferences. I was placed in the Third North Residence Hall, which is most like living in an apartment. My "suite" has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two showers, and a common area and kitchen space. As far as MTs go, I enjoy third north because it's halfway between the Tisch Building (where most of my classes are) and the 2nd Ave Building (where I take dance and solo vocal performance). All other dorms (except for Founders, which is right across the street from 3N) are closer to the Tisch building, but further from 2nd Ave. Their walk can be quite far, which can be a bit troubling if dance is your first class in the morning. I'm really close to everyone on my floor and my RA is great. It must be said that I live on one of the smallest floors in 3N, with only 6 rooms. </p>

<p>Food. 3N is lucky to have an "all you can eat" style dining hall, which I love. The "normal" meal plan would limit your portions, and since I eat quite a bit due to working out frequently, I find it helps to be able to control how much you eat. We also have a wide variety of food choices. The standards are a grill for Burgers and Chicken, a sandwich station, a pizza station, a salad bar, and one station which features various foods depending on the day (one day it could be pot stickers, the next it could be mac n cheese). 3N also serves breakfast in the mornings. </p>

<p>I'm currently on the 75 Flex plan, which means I get 75 meals a semester, which comes to about 5 meals a week. This may seem like not much, but that's because it is the smallest plan. I love to cook, so I make a lot of my own meals at home. There is no shortage of places to get fresh food (Whole Foods is only two blocks away). My room mates have higher level meal plans, as they don't cook as much. You do not have to be at your own hall to eat. Your meal plan works at all residence halls, even non-Freshman ones, though some, such as Founders, don't have a dining hall. Also you can load your NYU card with Campus Cash, which functions similarly to a debit card which can be used at certain food establishments around the area.</p>

<p>That was terrific. Thanks!</p>

<p>Some of us have started a parent page on facebook called NYU/Tisch parents of class 2015 so you can also ask questions and join. We post events, discuss how are kids are adapting etc.</p>

<p>How challenging are the dance classes? Are they leveled?</p>

<p>My D was a dancer her whole life and she seems to think that the classes are definitely leveled and that they are challenging. While you may not be doing dance such as the dance majors do, you are certainly reinforcing technique and broadway style dance. I will try to have her comment to you...</p>

<p>Thanks for answering questions! </p>

<p>Are your roommates "regular" students or are they also in drama or tisch? </p>

<p>The 2 academic classes that you are in now... are only drama kids in them?</p>

<p>I'm not the student but I know the answer to both of your questions. </p>

<p>Roommates are assigned for freshman year, though you can put in requests. But the students are mixed from all areas of NYU in terms of the roommate assignments for freshman year (after freshman year you pick who you want to live with but the dorms themselves are mixed with students from all over the university). Freshman year, my D lived in Third North dorm and that is an apartment style dorm and he apt. had two rooms with two girls per room. Her roommate was a friend from our state who was also a MT student and they requested one another, but the other two girls in the other bedroom in her apt. were girls she did not know ahead of time and were not in Drama (but one actually was in film and the other in CAS). So, your child's first year roommates may be from any area of NYU unless you request a particular roommate you know in advance. To be clear, the housing doesn't group Tishies together in a dorm, other than requesting your own particular roommate.</p>

<p>The two academic classes freshmen year.......one is the writing class and those students come from all areas of TISCH (not all of NYU) and so may be in film, drama, dance, recording arts, etc. The other academic classes freshmen year are in Theater Studies and those are required classes taken only by Tisch Drama students. THEN, after freshmen year, the academic classes in arts and sciences will have students from all over NYU and the Theater Studies classes will have just Tisch Drama students in them. Both areas of coursework are required but after freshman year, you pick the actual courses, whereas the courses are selected for you freshman year.</p>

<p>Thanks for helping! Another question: can a tisch drama student minor in dance?</p>

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Another question: can a tisch drama student minor in dance?

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<p>According to Tisch's website:</p>

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Minors at Tisch School of the Arts broaden students’ perspectives of the cinematic and performing arts. Interdisciplinary courses and internship opportunities in producing and performance studies bridge together the business, creative, cultural, and entertainment aspects in each of these art forms.</p>

<p>Undergraduate students at Tisch School of the Arts, Gallatin, College of Arts and Science, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development are eligible for the minors.</p>

<p>Follow these instructions to declare a minor at Tisch.</p>

<p>Minor in Dance
Minor in Documentary
Minor in Film Production (Non-Film Tisch Students Only)
Minor in Game Design
Minor in Performance Studies
Minor in Producing

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<p>Minors:</a> Tisch School of the Arts at NYU</p>

<p>Thanks Sooziet!</p>

<p>Check out the NYU dance minor classes carefully- the program is very different from other schools' dance minors.</p>

<p>classicalbk, what do you mean?</p>

<p>I was told that if my D wanted to major in drama and minor in dance it would be a heavy load and I believe that is correct. She is a freshman MT/drama and is exhausted by the end of her studio days.</p>

<p>About the dance minor, what I saw listed for dance minor classes was not the typical ballet, jazz, modern mix, but a number of "dance around the world" classes. Please look at the minor carefully (I could be wrong -sometimes I look at these things at 2 AM!) and see if it's what you child is interested in. On the other hand, there are so many, many advanced level, inexpensive, drop-in dance classes available in NYC, so if there's time for more dance, it certainly is available!</p>

<p>Is there an equal number of males/females in MT? How about Tisch in general? In terms of admissions, do you know the M vs F acceptance rates? Thanks!</p>

<p>I thought musical theater was only offered at Steinhardt. Where is it at Tisch?</p>