The Fundamental package is the most basic. It includes a two-hour consultation with me in person or via Skype. During that interview we discuss the student’s music training, academic record, and extra-curricular activities. I follow up by creating a personalized admissions report giving broad recommendations for the student.
Our Silver program includes the consultation interview as well as a staged audition with a college faculty member who plays the student’s principal instrument. This person will tell the student their strong points and what they need to work on. I also conduct a simulated admissions interview with the student—the same type they would have at a college or university. I then offer constructive criticism to help improve the student’s interview skills.
The Gold level includes the consultation, simulated admissions interview and staged audition, and perhaps a second audition if the student plays another instrument or has a secondary area of musical interest. For students wanting to major in composition, music production, songwriting, or musical theater, we arrange for an assessment by college faculty members specializing in each of those disciplines.
The Gold level also includes a list of about eight schools that I recommend for the student’s consideration. Some of these schools will be a reach for them to be accepted to, others I feel will be a match, and then I add a few safety schools. A student may want to go to one of the nation’s top schools, but they may not get in, so I recommend various options to them.
In the Platinum program, I provide all the services of the gold level and a few additional items. Most students don’t have a polished résumé, so I send them guidelines for writing a good one. Once I receive their draft, I have professionals look it over and make suggestions and changes until it is right. Most students will also have to write an essay as part of the application process. We review every essay and work with it until it is excellent.
Another feature of the Platinum plan is that families get unlimited access to me via phone, e-mail, or in-person visits. From the day they sign up until May 1 of the student’s senior year, they can reach out to me for advice and guidance.
I prefer families come to Boston if possible, because there are so many music conservatories, college and universities with music departments here. We can visit them together and see how the programs differ from one another. We generally spend two days together and pack a lot into the visit.