By Steve Lipman, former Director of Admissions at Berklee College of Music & Founder of Inside Music Schools
Talent trumps all. That’s what some folks would have you believe when it comes to getting into a top music program. If you’ve got serious musical chops, and can sing like Pink, rap like Chance, or write like Lin Manuel Miranda, then the doors to NYU or USC or [INSERT your dream school here] will be flung open, and you’ll be invited to take your rightful place at a top conservatory or music college, right? As head of admissions at Berklee for over 20 years, I’ve got to burst your bubble…it’s not that simple.
Raw musical talent is one factor, and a super important one, of course. But the admissions and audition process for the best music schools is always highly competitive, and also often complicated and confusing.
What it takes to get accepted into a music program is different than for a typical college or university. And, to be perfectly honest – with no offense at all meant to your wonderful and much needed support network – the average high school guidance counselor, well-intentioned parent, former “rock star” uncle, bandmate-best friend-boyfriend, theater director, piano teacher, and everyone else ready and willing to offer you their advice, just don’t have the insider knowledge and experience to best guide you in your pursuit of advanced musical training and a professional career in music.
A music college consultant with expert knowledge, years of experience, and a deep network of contacts in the musical education field will give you a major advantage in the admissions process. Here’s how:
America’s Got Talent, sure, but it takes more than that to make it into the top music schools, studios, and stages…and an expert music admissions consultant will provide rocket fuel as you aim to launch your musical education and career. Contact us today to learn more about our music school audition coaching and admissions consulting services.