Forgive my bragging but I really do have an enviable dilemma about where to go to school. I have been blessed to be accepted into both NEC and Juilliard, and I am stuck between the two of them.
For one thing, I do really like Juilliard, its in an amazing location which I enjoy massively and I'm quite happy when I've gone to visit. Though I haven't taken a lesson with the teacher, I have met him and I do really like him and his students are fantastic. In addition to that people, musicians and non musicians alike, actually take me seriously when I say I've gotten in there, which is quite nice. However, my current teacher warns me of the cutthroat nature of the students and worries that the nature of the students will crush me (as I am a rather sensitive person). Another musical mentor that I really respect says that a place like that is where people go to learn to become tough and independent. I also notice that people's experiences there are extremely varied from amazing to absolutely horrible.
NEC is also a wonderful school and the teacher there has been emailing me since February asking me to come. I haven't had a lesson with this person in ten years though I do love their playing. NEC has fewer complaints (also less reviews online) than Juilliard and I wonder if perhaps it would be better to have a teacher who really wants you rather than one who is rather neutral.
Finally the financial aspect of the whole thing is that I have scholarship at both schools but Juilliard has given me triple of what NEC has. My family could potentially pay for either though it is obviously a lot easier on everyone to pay what Juilliard is offering than what NEC is offering.
I really need some advice, I need to make this decision by May 1st.
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