Posted by Ed on August 14, 2000 at 13:20:39:
In Reply to: Music Major in College posted by Denny on August 11, 2000 at 15:09:30:
Denny, yer gonna need to focus a little more when you say "major in some field of music". If you are that unsure about what you really want you may be better served at checking into what the state universities (in your state)are offering. They are gonna be cheapest and that way you have a little time to figure out what you really want to do. Because performance programs are gonna have different requirements than education programs, than therapy programs etc.
If you are interested in pursuing a performance major on bass, then you are going to need to focus on what aspect of performance. There are only a few schools in the country that will offer a Bachelors program (or equivalent) for electric bass, so that is going to narrow your focus right there. If you are looking for upright instruction the field is a lot broader, but you still need to decide, classical, jazz, what? Then start talking to bass players whose playing you like and find out where they went to school.
Somebody asked about Berklee, it's easy to get into, all you need is the money. What's not so easy is getting placement in ensembles that are actually gonna be about playing and not about remedial work. Most of these music schools are gonna be easy to get into, but you want to do more than get in, you want to place well in the auditions. So it may be more worth your while to start at a smaller school in a music program that will get you to a point where you can walk into William Paterson and place into ensembles where you will meet the cats that you will be giiging with when you move to NYC.
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