<p>Thanks for your replies! So a little about myself and my prefered type of school: I'm from Texas. I've been in choir since my freshman year. I love opera<3. I made the all state choir my sophmore and junior year (I heard that this doesn't really matter to colleges... so much for that. lol). I do study with a private teacher, and I hate sounding like I'm bragging, but he told me that getting into the music programs at most schools would not be a problem for me.<br>
School-wise, I would like:
-Most importantly, smaller student body. Big state schools, like UT Austin, are so packed with people that I'm worried I won't get enough attention as an undergrad. I did list some big state schools because the cost tends to be lower, which is always nice :')
-Music school is competitive. Not necessarily Juilliard competitive, but enough so that even if it isn't the greatest conservatory on the Earth, it's still well-respected. For example, I read on another website that Butler University wasn't quite on tier with the major conservatories or music schools in the country, but still boasted a great music program.
-I don't care about in-state or out-of-state, but I would REALLY prefer to be out of Texas. Location as far as states go is only marginally important. There are places I would like to live for the next four years (Anywhere on the east coast. Midwest is good too). But if there's a great school in a place that isn't my first choice (Anywhere in the South, Texas), I would still be willing to check it out.
-I know I just said location is only marginally important, but it would be nice if the hypothetical school were near or in a big city.
-Lastly, for college vs. conservatory, I am kind of torn. My mother and I are starting my round of college visits soon, so I think after I've visited some of each I will know. I've heard people complain that at a conservatory, there's no "college life", they don't have fun, etc. But at normal colleges, they might not get as much attention or there aren't as many high-quality teachers. And so on, so forth.</p>
<p>I have my first voice lesson of the summer with my teacher next week, so we will be discussing audition pieces and college options then. </p>
<p>Really, I would like some information on UNCSA, like personal experience or thoughts. </p>
<p>I hope my response wasn't too convoluted or anything like that. Haha! If there's anything else I need to clarify, let me know.</p>