So, auditions for college are fast approaching, and I find myself with yet another dilemma (Am I the only person who has all these problems? I can't be the only one!).
My parents are not musicians. They don't play and have never played an instrument (my mom can read some music, though). Therefore, we don't have a piano, have never had a piano, and will not be getting a piano, period.
This was never a problem when I was younger, because I started the violin when I was five and never stopped. It always kind of struck me as being weird that all my friends played piano in addition to playing another instrument, but I figured it didn't really matter.
Here is the extent of my piano knowledge: I know where A is, where middle-C is, and I can plunk out tunes (including, sadly enough, "Heart and Soul"). But I don't have the slightest idea as to what proper technique even looks like, and I would be hard-pressed to sightread on the piano. Obviously, violin is my passion, and none of this would be a problem except for the fact that pretty much every conservatory requires you to take piano classes, and some even have piano tests as part of their audition process.
Is it really necessary to be able to play the piano to go to a conservatory? I know it helps you hear chords and stuff like that, but I don't even have a piano; if I start taking lessons, how am I going to practice?
I guess my question is (and forgive me for going on so long): should I/do I have to learn how to play the piano before going to college? At this point, it will just be a giant hassle, and I want to be a violinist, not a pianist. I can find notes just fine on the piano, but I definitely can't play pieces on it!
Did anyone else have a similar experience? Did you all have piano skills before going to college? I don't want to not be accepted somewhere just because I can't play the piano. :P
Thanks for any help you can give! :D
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