Testimonials

What people are saying about US

Brad H — parent

It’s hard to put into words how beneficial our time spent together has been for our son. The feedback from you and the teachers you provided was so helpful to determine his areas needing improvement.

Rebecca L – Parent — Scarsdale, NY (Oberlin Conservatory of Music)

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Thank you for the report and recommendations. But, even more important, thank you for helping Tyler focus and develop his thoughts on what he wants to do and the type of programs he wants to pursue in college. Not only did you help him move down this road, but I can see a big increase in his self-confidence from talking and working with you.

Ralph Liu – parent – Guangzhou, China

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Steve totally exceeded my expectations. Not only did they help my son Kevin get offers from his dream schools, but also did they improve Kevin’s musicianship, self-esteem, and interpersonal skills. They saw Kevin’s potential much earlier than himself. They arranged personal lessons, suggested summer programs to help him grow into that potential. They shared rich experience and insights in music education and careers to help Kevin form ideas of which schools to choose, and carefully selected reach-match-safety schools that fit into Kevin’s instrument and interests. They accompanied us on school visits and arranged customized meetings with school admissions officers. They helped Kevin draft and improve resumes and essays. Before the audition, they set up mock auditions and interviews to build his confidence and skills. In the end, Kevin got three excellent offers with good scholarships. We were happy about the results and enjoyed the whole process. Without hesitation, I recommend their service to any music student. Thank you again! Whenever you want to visit China, please don’t hesitate to give me a call or mail.

Nancy Chou – College Consultant at EduElite – USA & China

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Steve’s depth of music education knowledge is invaluable – he was able to distill for us the key differences between each collegiate program as well as the nuances in what each program looks for in an applicant. He takes a holistic view of the student in terms of musical interests, general interests, and character which results in a very thoughtful approach to the application process and results.

Scott F — parent — Boca Raton, FL

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Steve and his staff have been very helpful in not only arranging tours of schools we are interested in but also securing private meetings with admissions people and department heads. We even got to sit in on an ensemble at the New School that I was not able to secure myself. Steve has a solid reputation with these institutions and a great knowledge of what each has to offer. That was something we were looking for in a consultant and we are very pleased with the services he has provided thus far.

Jeff M — parent — Chappaqua, NY

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Steve’s thorough knowledge of the world of music education has been invaluable as our son has gone through the process of applying to music colleges. The mock audition and interview were especially worthwhile, and Steve’s insights on all facets of his musicianship have given our son greater confidence and maturity. As a family, we have benefited tremendously from Steve’s expert guidance.

Emile D. Menasche — Editor-in-Chief, In Tune Magazine — White Plains, NY

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Steve is always at the top of my list when I need information on music education. Not only does he deliver valuable insight of his own, but he always seems to know others who can answer my questions, and has been incredibly helpful in putting me in touch with them. During some of my many interviews with department chairs and professors at the country’s top music programs, the phrase “You should talk to Steve Lipman” has come up more than once.

James M – Student – Santa Barbara, CA (Berklee College of Music)

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Thanks so much for the wonderful trip itinerary and the mock audition and simulated admissions interview. The meeting gave me an expanded perspective, and the feedback and advice you gave me from the interview was extremely helpful.

James M

Andres U — student — Pei, Canada (Holland College)

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I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the support you’ve given to me and my family. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be where I am now at Holland College in Canada. I am very proud of being the musician that I am today.

Skyler H – Student – Frisco, TX

Thank you so much for connecting me with the people at the college to help me prepare for my audition. What I learned in just two days was invaluable.

Skyler H

Kendra T – parent – San Diego, CA

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When my daughter traded in her extracurricular interest in musical theater for a college degree involving writing, producing, and performing her own music, we panicked. What did we know about music schools, much less about getting into one? Steve relieved our stress immediately. His organized approach and obvious connection to his students provided us with direction and goals we could work toward. He introduced us and instructed us in touring a music school and made it possible for us to create a target list of schools appropriate for our daughter’s interests and goals. As she goes into her senior year, we feel more in control, and more confident that we can do this!

Mark M – Student – Yorktown Heights, NY (NYU)

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You have done more for me than you can realize, and I can’t thank you enough. I can’t really put it all into words, let alone one email, so I’ll put it like this: Our relationship definitely will not end so abruptly. We’ve got a long way to go.

Genndiy — student — Ukraine (Boston Conservatory of Music)

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Our family came from Ukraine to the US in October. In the Ukraine, I studied at R.M. Glier Kyiv Institute of Music for 2 years and wanted to continue my education in the US. But I completely wasn’t familiar with the education system and how I would be able to achieve acceptance to institutions in the United States. My family didn’t have any idea how we can do it.

With your help, I visited a couple of music colleges in Boston and became informed about best the institution choices for me. Besides, I got help with filling out applications, collecting documents, and all related to it. And now, from September I will study at the Boston Conservatory of Music. I received a 50% scholarship from the institution.

My family and I are very thankful and sincerely grateful to you and the other people who did so much for us.

Simon — student (Oklahoma City University)

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I’m so happy and relieved to say that we finally made the decision to commit to Oklahoma City University!  I know I’ve said this before, but I really would just like to thank you for all your work and all your help throughout this journey. It’s been stressful and exhausting, but your support always made it better. A year ago, I was lost and confused and had no idea what to do or where to go. You helped me get out of that and put me on the right track to what I wanted. It’s still unbelievable to see how much I’ve grown in the past year, and I definitely have you to thank. Working with you was an absolute pleasure, and if I had to do it again, it wouldn’t be with anyone else.

Mark M — Yorktown Heights, NY

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You have done more for me than you can realize, and I can’t thank you enough. I can’t really put it all into words, let alone one email, so I’ll put it like this: Our relationship definitely will not end so abruptly. We’ve got a long way to go.

Skyler H — Frisco, TX

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Thank you so much for connecting me with the people at the college to help me prepare for my audition. What I learned in just two days was invaluable.

John Z – Student – Hillsborough, NJ

I can’t express how grateful I am to have worked with you and been given all the opportunities and contacts you gave me to get me where I wanted to be. The interviews, lessons, and camps all shaped me so drastically over the past year or two that I’m unrecognizable as the musician I was. I would love to keep in contact and I hope to help you out and meet with students in the Boston and New Jersey area that are looking to go to any music school. The mock interviews and auditions really prepared me to nail the Berklee audition and the contacts I made helped me feel at home whenever I visited the camps or even just to visit. I hope to help your future clients throughout my college career and after and look forward to keeping in touch. I can’t express how thankful I am for you setting me up for success. Thank you.

John Z

Marci S — parent — Rockville, MD

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Navigating through the emotional and confusing process of identifying schools, prepping, applying, auditioning, and deciding on the most appropriate music school was one of the most challenging undertakings of our son’s, as well as my, life! Steve Lipman cares and addressed us as individuals, he was our superhero from the industry on multiple occasions. Sometimes there were conversations that as a parent, I knew would be best had with another adult, an “expert”. Steve stepped in and handled those conversations directly with understanding, passion, knowledge, and heart. If he was a doctor, I’d describe his bedside manner to be over the top!!! Although ultimately all the leg work fell on us, I can say having the connections, insights, and guidance Steve offered us illuminated the path so that the process and journey were not only doable but transformative and successful. I’d do it all again, working with Steve is absolutely worth it!

Lauren Westendorf — Assistant Director of College Guidance — Cleveland, OH (Laurel School)

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When Steve speaks, you listen. When Steve speaks, you learn. Spending time with Steve is like taking mini master classes. There are always bits of wisdom, experience, and knowledge he shares with his quick wit.

JULIE K — parent — Gig Harbor, WA (Berklee College of Music)

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To say that Steve took the overwhelming task of finding the perfect music school for my daughter from high stress to, “it’s all going to be o.k,” would be an understatement. We had absolutely no idea where to start. My daughter was looking for a very specific music program that would meet all of her criteria and with Steve’s help and guidance she was able to put together a list of colleges that was strategic and made sense. GREAT NEWS: she just committed to her top choice school and will begin in the Fall. She cannot get there fast enough!!!! Steve’s knowledge, experience, and connections in the music school arena proved invaluable in this process. He is professional, personable, committed, encouraging, and engaging. Thank you, Steve, for helping to make it happen! p.s. and we mean every word!

Andres U – Student – Canada (Holland College)

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I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the support you’ve given to me and my family. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be where I am now at Holland College in Canada. I am very proud of being the musician that I am today.

Andres U

Brian S — parent — South Orange, NJ

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We simply could not have figured out the complicated and byzantine process of applying to music programs without Steve’s tremendous guidance. His initial intake and the day he set up for us in Boston were invaluable. His help/feedback in developing my son’s audition tapes and applications was also incredibly important.

Cem G — student (Juilliard)

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When I met Steve, I had no idea about the music education system in the US. I am from a different nation so the education system that I see so far, is very different from the US education system. I had to have guidance, help to organize my future studies, and to find the right school for me. I wanted to be a composer. Composition is a very special major and in this major, faculty is very important. Thanks to Steve, I got the best information about all of the music schools in the US. He helped in every step: choosing the right school, application process, audition practice, final decision. I am so happy right now that I worked with Steve through this period of time. He is not just my adviser, but also my friend now.

Genndiy – Student – Ukraine (Boston Conservatory)

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Our family came from Ukraine to the US in October. In Ukraine, I studied at R.M. Glier Kyiv Institute of Music for 2 years and wanted to continue my education in the US. But I completely wasn’t familiar with the education system and how I would be able to achieve acceptance to institutions in the United States. My family didn’t have any idea how we can do it. With your help, I visited a couple of music colleges in Boston and became informed about best the institution choices for me. Besides, I got help with filling out applications, collecting documents, and all related to it. And now, from September, I will study at the Boston Conservatory of Music. I received a 50% scholarship from the institution.
My family and I are very thankful and sincerely grateful to you and the other people who did so much for us.