In applying for graduate violin performance programs, does anyone know how or if not holding an undergraduate degree in violin performance will affect an applicant's chances of admission?
1) Will the application even be considered?
2) If so, would the applicant have to be substantially better than the next student who had an undergraduate degree in music performance?
I have been browsing the websites of some schools and most do not specifically state that a bachelor's degree in music performance is required for consideration into a master's program. But, in my opinion, an applicant who did not undertake a degree in music would have missed out on 4 years of academic and performance development compared to those who only kept music as a hobby. Is this a big concern for conservatories, or is playing ability still BY FAR the overriding criterium?
Does anyone have any experiences or stories they can share?
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