College for Performing Arts: Do's, Don'ts & Some Food For Thought

College for Performing Arts: Do's, Don'ts & Some Food For Thought

Conservatory, or liberal arts school?  What aspects of a program should I look at? Should I pick up a minor or double major, or put everything into my performing arts major? For students considering pursuing an education in performing arts, particularly musical theatre, these questions are among the many flying around as they consider different schools and prepare to audition and/or choose where to spend the next few years of their lives.

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The “Dream School” Myth

The “Dream School” Myth

As a Junior/Senior in high school, I remember being told the “one” would, “just feel right,” and it would be the school I could “see myself thriving.” Now, these statements aren’t entirely incorrect; however, they set me up to expect this magical feeling when I stepped foot on the campus where I should spend four years of my life. 

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How to Succeed in Theatre- Without Higher Education

How to Succeed in Theatre- Without Higher Education

Colleges and conservatories are expensive. There’s no other way to say it, they just are. Unless your family has set aside money for you to do so, pursuing higher education means you’ll likely spend your senior year, and the next four years in a formal education program struggling to get loans, scholarships, and side hustles, often requiring you put yourself in some extreme cases of exhaustion and stress. A social life will be difficult to maintain, Saturdays will be spent at work, mornings before class shared with coffee and overdue homework, afternoons will be taken up by running from class only to miss your bus to work and mean you have to beg someone for a ride, and after all of that you’ll still trudge need to the library at 2 AM to photocopy the textbook you can’t afford. If that sounds like a lot to handle, you can find an alternative route. That’s also terrifying. It really is- I know. I’m following that alternative route.

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College Auditions: The Parent Perspective - Part 5

College Auditions:  The Parent Perspective - Part 5

Hopefully by the end of April, the right school will be revealed to you and your student.  It may or may not be one of their top choices. That’s okay, because (as we all know), your student will get out of this experience what they put into it.  

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