Optional Reccomendation

<p>If i get into Stanford, i plan to play music there so should i ask my music instructor to fill out the third optional reccomendation form? he could make me look better as he knows me better, but ive also heard the admissions officers see the third rec. as a hassle and i dont wanna kill any chances i have, cuz they are slim to begin with.</p>

<p>Yeah, don't send a third rec unless you have extenuating circumstances since it's very likely since the info presented in this new rec will overlap greatly with the other two and you don't want to **** off adcoms.</p>

<p>Umm, to my knowledge Stanford doesn't mind 3rd recs. I had a 3rd rec (from an employer) and many people who I know that got in had a 3rd rec. Usually it's not wise to get a 3rd rec from another teacher. However, since you want to play at Stanford you should definitely get a rec from your music teacher. He will be able to describe your talents and will be probably be a great asset to the adcom.</p>

<p>Yeah, go for it. I'm in the same position as you and I think it can only improve your chances.</p>

<p>Well, too late now for SCEA but you can still send music recordings to help boost you up for regular.</p>

even thought im not doing music as a major or minor, proabably just a hobby or activity there, should i still send in music recordings? i have no solos but plenty of ensemble pieces i could send..which doesn't seem like it would help me persay?</p>

<p>If music is something you are especially passionate about and if you are a very skilled musician, it would probably make a lot of sense to have a music instructor mail in a rec. That is exactly the type of situation that the optional rec is designed for (music teachers, debate coaches, athletic coaches, vocal teachers, possibly even employer... all people who would be good people to write a rec if you are really involved in and passionate about an activity that they oversee)</p>

<p>Hmm, I don't remember if this applies to Stanford, but on some application it said that only solo pieces are required, so you might want to check. But if you're unsure of the real value of sending in pieces, maybe ask your teacher for his/her opinion. Still, I would say to get an optional rec.</p>

<p>Don't music teachers already have a space for recs in the Fine Arts form? That's how I'm getting 5 recs in...</p>

<p>If you are a skilled musician, you should send in an audition tape with your teacher's recommendation as a fine arts supplement (it will not count as the third rec btw, it is a separate thing, and will be evaluated by the music dept.) There are detailed instructions available on the form (#7, I think), and on the website. You can not send ensemble pieces, but you can just make a recording of yourself playing - the recording does not need to be fancy, just something that shows your skills and ability.</p>

<p>Everyone that I know who got into Stanford had a third rec, btw. It might not have been the thing that got them in, but it certainly did not keep them out...</p>

<p>I'm not sure whether I should send a 3rd rec. It would be by an EC advisor, not a teacher. Still, she would probably say the same things that my other teachers are going to say. Should I have her send it? She is worried she may hurt my chances.</p>

<p>There is no point sending a letter that does not add anything to your application. And if a teacher/advisor is not enthusiastic about writing it, it's better if she doesn't...</p>

<p>if you send in a tape/CD/live audition, don't you have to send in a rec from your music teacher anyways?</p>

<p>lol im going to major in ChemE..the music teacher reccomendation is jus an extracurricular thing guys thatll help show leadership/dedication n all that good stuff</p>

<p>You don't have to major in music to send that thing in. In fact, they don't even require that you participate in anything musical if you do send in the Fine Arts application. :D It's just a nice bonus if you do anything musical as a hobby! :)</p>