MUSIC COMPOSITION

WE HELP GET YOU THERE

Majoring in music composition can take many forms. Some schools offer composition majors in limited specific genres, while others have more open-ended, genre-bending programs. Some students want to emulate their heroes in jazz and classical composition, while others hope to strike out and develop their own unique style and musical voice.
Studying music composition in college means diving into what makes certain styles sound distinct from others. From chord structure and the philosophy of melody and harmony to cultural events that left an impression on music, these are all subjects the composition major in college must tackle.

With the guidance of our consultants and their list of best-fit music performance schools in hand, IMS students have a greatly increased chance of getting into the school that is right for them.

Through rigorous exploration of the student’s interests, career aspirations, and enrichment goals, we develop an individualized preparatory program of mock musical theater auditions, portfolio development, and admissions interview strategies with decades of experience in music education admissions.

Our commitment to one-on-one support and guiding students through the admissions process has launched hundreds of fruitful educational journeys.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING

HOW CAN IMS HELP?

Finding the right school for you

At the end of our preparatory program, we develop a personalized list of schools the student should apply to based on several factors:

  • Interest - What aspects of this area of study inspire the student?

  • Skill Level - Our recommendations aim to be constructive environments where the student will thrive.

  • Career Prospects - What does the student wish to do with their music degree?

student ACCEPTANCES

Here are just a few of the elite schools IMS students have been accepted to:

  • BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC

  • NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

  • UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

  • MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC

  • THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL

  • UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

  • LONDON GUILDHALL

  • OBERLIN COLLEGE AND CONSERVATORY

  • NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY

  • PEABODY INSTITUTE

  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

  • BELMONT UNIVERSITY

  • CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

  • CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS

TIERS OF SERVICE

Silver

Find out how you stack up

  • Review fundamental aspects of the student's musical background and educational goals
  • Mock audition on a primary instrument or assessment of a musical interest (songwriting, audio production, etc.)
    • conducted by an experienced faculty member at a top conservatory or university with relevant expertise
  • Music theory diagnostic exam
  • Report on musical and educational status/potential
    • with a final report on all activities, including recommendations for next steps

Gold

A personalized list of best-fit schools and more

Includes all items in the Silver tier plus the following:

  • Personalized list of recommended schools that best fit the student’s educational and career aspirations
    • with IMS worksheet for comparing schools
  • Admissions interview preparation
    • with simulated practice session 
  • Mock audition on a secondary instrument or assessment of musical interest (songwriting, audio production, etc.)
  • Recommendations on summer study options
  • Access to IMS exclusive network of top private teachers

Platinum

One-on-one support until May 1 of the student's senior year

Includes all items in the Silver and Gold tiers plus:

  • In-depth review of musical background and educational goals
    • with written summary
  • Ongoing, one-on-one consultation with IMS experts
  • Assistance with prescreening performance videos and composition or production portfolios
  • Review of college applications, essays (including Common App)
    • unlimited help through the IMS essay-reading educational partner
  • Help preparing resumes for professional review
  • Zoom webinars for Platinum families
    • plus access to library of past webinar recordings
  • Guidance on talent/merit-based scholarships
  • Repeat of mock auditions/assessments and simulated interviews to track student progress
  • Tailored plan of action for all activities
  • Ongoing advisement until May 1 of the year preceding entrance to college

Platinum Plus

Close supervision throughout the application/audition process

Includes all items in the Silver, Gold, and Platinum tiers plus:

  • Twice monthly private Zoom sessions with an education-service specialist to help make sure the student is making progress on applications, auditions, and other important time-sensitive activities
  • Free enrollment in 5-Day Stage Fright Solution online course
  • A trial lesson with an experienced faculty member at a top conservatory or university with relevant expertise upon request

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