I apologize firstly for the lengthy and convoluted title of this thread; that messy heading is perhaps a reflection of my state of mind.
Coming back to this point after writing this thread, I feel that it is not just my title, but perhaps this entire writing that is lengthy and perhaps convoluted. Feel free to skip to the questions at the end of this passage.
I am going to be a Freshman at UCSD, Warren as a General Biology major, with the past hopes of becoming a Bioengineering major. I recently had a bit of epiphany - for the lack of more modest word - where I rediscovered my prime passion, which was lost in middle school during a confrontation with my parents (yes, not just an argument... as that night had physical as well as emotional injuries). This passion I speak of is my love for classical (and jazz) music.
Long story short, I quit piano as a kid (7 year old?) when I indulged myself in computer games and sports; I didn't have a single speck of interest or motivation in creating music. I picked up the instrument clarinet in 5th grade, when students at my elementary school were asked to either start an instrument or sing. My brother's friend's brother had a clarinet that he used in high school, and gave me to have me started.
My parents had me continue music with private lessons because they believed that music is an integral object of arsenal that high school students ought to have for their college admissions. In my 8th grade, I told my parents my dream to become a clarinetist, and that's when and why... the confronation took place.
Since then, I continued playing the clarinet as part of my hobby, but since my parents almost always reminded me that music is soley for college applications, I was led to believe likewise. As a high school student, I played as part of Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, got into Orange County Youth Orchestra and other organizations... some of which I had to turn down. Even though I continued playing the instrument, I never gave a damn about it, since whatever effort I could and would have put forth toward music would be denied by my parents in any scenario.
As a senior in high school, I met a few very talented musicians (two going to UCLA for music and another going to Peabody for piano performance), and was reminded of how much I loved listening to music and creating that music. I straddled down to continue playing the clarinet at UCSD, but a question shot me down and invoked of some of the doubts that I had for that instrument: surely I've been playing it for good 7~8 years, but I always found listening to and playing the piano much more appealing and worthy of my time.
So I am here, with a whole summer to dedicate, thinking about pursuing piano performance in the long run and, as I know of UCSD, music exactly isn't really the thing (well... UCSD's partnership with La Jolla Symphony is amazing and all, but speaks very little of the music program at UCSD).
What are some procedures that I should take as a Freshman (and maybe in the summer as well) in order to prepare myself for this dream of mine (transfer into a more musically superior college to pursue piano performance)? And which colleges/conservatories (well... besides the big named ones) are especially known for their piano programs? Do these programs have openings for transfer students?
As for DD/joint programs, realistically speaking, what is the use of having two unrelated degrees? I feel that, although reserved for the very very talented individuals, double degree programs are for those who could not decided between an academic goal/duty and a musical passion; for, how many of these individuals will pursue both of these interests to make it to the career grounds? A doctor for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and a musician for Tuesday, Thursday, and the weekends? I honestly do not know much about DD programs and why pursue DD programs (I've read up on CC as well as an article from Peabody titled, Double Degree Dilemma.
Please enlighten me in any way or form possible within the context of not only the questions provided, but also of the story/dream, if possible and relevant.