It's like this: I'm a Computer Science engineering flavor graduate. The curriculums at any of many many schools were very similar. So, after making a choice, I tried and made all I could out of my cirriculum.
With such excellent choices, just make a decision and don't look back--the violin is a jealous creature and will know if you are letting extraneous worries interfere with your attention for her! ;).
Pauline, UBC is incredibly competitive but not THAT competitive! There were over 300 applications to the entire music program this year. There was very limited space available (this was one of the biggest and hardest years to get in in recent times) for all disciplines this year and those chosen are all very lucky.
· Professors (their reputation and your level of desire to study with them)
· Funding/scholarship offered (only on for financial reason but also will look good on your resume)
· Success career rate among the recent graduates
· What other program/assistance they offer to prepare you for the trade
· Location – do you want to stay in BC or it’s time to flex your wings and go a bit farther?
· Also, make sure you figure out how easy it is for you to transfer from one university to the other after first year.
You probably already have your first and second choices already by now, and without knowing what’s most important to you, I can’t say much more other than by telling you this. I went to UBC for two philosophy degrees in the 90s, during which I took some music courses and meet some music teachers and students there. They all seem to be extremely tenanted and professional. I can’t say enough good thing about UBC, the environment, the diverse culture among professors and students, and of course, who doesn’t want to live in Vancouver!
Good luck in choosing and let us know which one you decide.
Dalhousie is quite a party school and I never really saw you as the drinking type. Also, UBC is the best music school out of all of those choices. Personally, I don't even think there's much to consider.
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