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February 6, 2019
Discussion music education with Steve Lipman

Summer Music Programs Can Lead to College Acceptance

For any high school sophomore or junior college music major, there is no better way to test the waters than enrolling in a reputable summer music program. These programs can give you a glimpse of the field you want to pursue...
February 5, 2019
Steve Lipman with drumset player

How to Prepare for Your Music College Auditions

The finish of the first semester of the school year means that the time for applying to colleges is coming to a close. We hope you’ll soon be receiving invitations to go to college music auditions at many of the schools to which you applied. Even if you’re confident...
April 2, 2018
Violin student

Amazing Jobs You Can Get With a Degree in Music

When I packed up my car in Brooklyn, second-hand clarinet and later-to-be legendary jazz saxophonist, Dave Liebman, my trusty companions, and set off to start as a student at Berklee College of Music , “You Can’t Hurry Love” by the Supremes...
March 29, 2018
Steve Lipman

Interview with IAMA: Tips for Music School Applications and Auditions

The key to a student’s successful music education in a traditional (classical) conservatory is primarily their private lesson instructor – or referred to as the studio. A student considering various music schools should first research the faculty teaching on their principal instrument. Do they like the teachers performances, interpretation...
March 24, 2018
Trombone player with Steve Lipman

Isn’t Talent Enough?! To Get Into Music School, Do I Really Need An Admissions Consultant?

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, USC, or [INSERT your dream school here] will...
March 20, 2018
Guitar student

Head of Berklee Admissions: This Is How We Pick Top Music Students

For 25 years, I saw and heard every kind of musician come through the doors of the admissions office at Berklee, looking to become the next guitar god, go-to record producer, or Hollywood soundtrack impresario. Some students were quiet but determined, eyes on their feet, hands clutching trumpet cases...