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Making the Grade: Why Academics Matter for Music Majors 

Ok, we get it – you love music! You want to perform, create, and make music all the time.   Spending countless hours practicing, taking lessons, rehearsing, and performing to hone your skills means you sometimes don’t have time to focus on other things. How much does your high school academic performance matter when you are preparing to apply to or attend a top music school or university music program? Well, the short answer is, that it could matter a lot.
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Why Choose Inside Music Schools as Your Music School Admissions Consultant

“I want a career in music,” your child announces. As a parent, you feel the pressure to give the best advice on choosing the right music career. And, as a student, you want to find a challenging environment where you can build relationships with peers and professors.
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4 Expert Tips for Choosing College Musical Theater Audition Material

Let’s face it. Choosing material for college auditions can seem daunting. What are they looking for? What styles make the best impression? What does “just be yourself” really mean?
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Choosing the Right Music College in 2024

Choosing the right music college requires careful consideration and research, and it is important to take your time and make an informed decision. In this article, we will provide tips and advice for choosing the right music college for you.
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Career Paths for Music College Graduates in 2024

Whether you are interested in performance, teaching, composition, or music production, there is a career path that can help you realize your musical goals and aspirations. In this blog, we will discuss some of the most popular career paths for music college graduates and what they entail.
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Parents, You’ve Got it M.A.D.E.

In this blog we’ll delve deep into the essence of the M.A.D.E. program, exploring its core components, the impact it has on aspiring musicians, and how it sets a standard for music education in the 21st century.
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How to Prepare and Win your Audition!

As a young music student playing an orchestral/band instrument one can eventually wonder and hope to get a job in an orchestra or maybe a military band. However, it is something that has gotten somewhat harder over the years simply because there are so many of you out there competing for the same few spots.  Having an idea about what is necessary to prepare and win an audition is what I’ll attempt to discuss in the following piece. 
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Clearing the Path to Music School Success

In 2021, Bob Mulvey joined the team at Inside Music Schools (IMS) as a special advisor to help music school applicants to improve their learning and organizational skills. Bob came to IMS after a highly successful career as an educator and counselor working with young people ranging from middle-school pupils to college students. In this blog he shares his thoughts on helping applicants overcome challenges en route to their dream career.
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Best Music Schools 2023: Part 3

This 3-part series will look at a few ways to help make sure you enjoy a long, productive career in music. That means focusing more on you than higher education because attending to your viability as a musician, or even a music industry professional, will be an endeavor that will endure well past your days as a college student.
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Best Music Schools 2023: Part 2

This 3-part series will look at a few ways to help make sure you enjoy a long, productive career in music. That means focusing more on you than higher education because attending to your viability as a musician, or even a music industry professional, will be an endeavor that will endure well past your days as a college student.
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Best Music Schools 2023: Part 1

This 3-part series will look at a few ways to help make sure you enjoy a long, productive career in music. That means focusing more on you than higher education because attending to your viability as a musician, or even a music industry professional, will be an endeavor that will endure well past your days as a college student.
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5 Tunes You Need to Know if You Want to Major in Jazz

You play an instrument in High School, but you’re not sure how well you stack up against others who are potentially college bound. There are many people who might find themselves in an identical position. At this point, you need to ask yourself the following questions…