Universities in Texas
Hello! So, I have successfully auditioned and gotten into the music schools I auditioned for. I was doing some research on music schools, and the University of North Texas popped up. After a bit of research, it looks like they have a really good music school. Does anybody here know about it? I want to be a education major, and the requirements seem pretty achievable to me.
UNT has a very good music school but you should probably know that due to the Texas requirements, a music ed degree is a five-year program in most cases.
Would you recommend going there over schools such as Butler or Ball State University? I know you probably don’t know much about them though.
I’m confused – aren’t you already a senior? Isn’t it a bit late in the day to be looking at schools to apply to now? Plus you would be giving up in-state tuition in Indiana if you went to school in Texas.
You will probably want to ask some pertinent questions if you are interested in UNT. Ask if you will be taught applied lessons with a graduate student. Also find out what the methods courses entail, whether there are 4 required 1 semester courses in teaching violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Also, how many courses are in wind instruments.
Mary Ellen's point about in-state tuition is extremely important. Given that as BMusEd degree almost certainly means you're going to be a public-school teacher, you want to finish your undergrad degree with little to no debt, since you're already going to have a tough time making a decent living.
I’m leaning more towards Ball State with my scholarships right now. I really just want to get the best education I can get, but many of the best music schools are way too difficult for me to get in right now. I don’t really care where I’m living or working. I really just want to teach music.
Of course it's possible to transfer schools but I'm having a very hard time following your thinking. You've been admitted to a reasonably priced in-state school. Please listen to Lydia (and me) and don't blow off the financial side of your college education as less important. Whether you graduate with debt (and how much) can have a huge impact on your future happiness.
Remember that the core goal of a BMusEd is *not* to make you a better violinist. You'll take lessons and hopefully become a better violinist, but the program is designed to give you the skills that you'll need to become a public-school music teacher, which is vastly more far-ranging than playing the violin.
I probably should have mentioned this to, but there is sort of a personal reason for wanting to go to Texas.
Jacob, all I can say about any possible personal reasons affecting your choice now is that the difference in life choices available to you five, eight, or ten years from now is HUGE depending on whether you have $80K, $40K, or $0K in debt from your undergrad degree. We're not talking about medical school debt here. We're talking about a degree program that will qualify you for a $50K (or less, depending on where you live) job.
If the "personal reason" is a girl, don't do it.
Oh it’s not.
Go into as little debt as possible.
After some thought, I agree. The financial benefits of staying here in state are too valuable.