I posted at the beginning of last summer seeking advice regarding pursuing a BA in Music or BM in violin performance. After much thought, long talks with my violin teacher, other mentors and many sample lessons from conservatory and university violin professors, I decided to go for violin performance.
The good news is that I have already been accepted into a few universities but I won't know about my acceptance into their music programs until after I submit the music application, pre screening videos, and do the actually playing audition and interviews.
A somewhat negative thought occurred to me though.... What if I don't get excepted in to the music school even though I've been accepted into the university?
My violin teachers tells me to stop worrying and thinks I'll do fine, and thinks only two of the schools on my list out of ten are a bit of a "reach"
But still I wonder what would happen? Maybe some of you or your students have been in such a dilemma?
This is a very exciting, yet stressful time for me!
Do your best and that's that. First year acceptance is generally very high. At least at the University of Toronto (where I study), it seems that the skill level amongst first years spans from virtuoso to Vivaldi A minor.
If you are applying to ten programs and get accepted into none of them, that will tell you a lot about your possible future in music.
I agree with Lydia. I realize this is a very stressful time but the odds are in your favor.
Lydia and Mary Ellen have given great advice -- every university has certain gen-ed requirements in addition to your major so if you are not accepted into the music performance program as a freshman you can use that year to fulfill many of the gen-ed requirements while taking violin lessons with one of the violin faculty and re-audition in the Spring to get into the program for your sophomore year. With the gen-ed requirements out of the way freshman year you'll be able to focus more on the B.M. requirements.
Yes, I need to relax! I guess since I starting to get acceptance letters from the Universities, and I haven't even auditioned yet, I wondered what would happen if I didn't pass the audition. I wasn't even sure if the Universities would give me a chance to take my "basics" and try out again the following year if I didn't pass. I'm just stressed out, but I am certain I'll make it in somewhere. I've been told the violin performance major acceptance rate range from about 10% to 70% depending on the school. The next several months are going to be agonizing!
Once a university has accepted you, you're in as a student if you choose to attend and can pay the bills. If you're concerned about whether you'll pass the audition or not and wondering whether you could re-audition during your freshman year for acceptance into the B.M. program the following year the only way to know for sure is to ask the music department of whichever universities you are considering attending.
If you're thinking you'll attend some university and just start taking "business courses" because you think that might be good for you, be careful. Many such courses are restricted to those majoring in a business area. But I'll support David's advice that you really just need to ask questions and get official answers from an admissions advisor or the music department's director of undergraduate programs (usually a faculty member), or their designee (usually a staffer). One thing you can always do is double-major in violin performance and accounting (or marketing or finance, etc.) and then just drop which ever major does not work out for you. It's a good strategy as long as you don't wait until your grades are in the tank (or your fingers are falling off) to make the tough call.
“One word of advice in entering a program -- find out if any of them have courses on business aspects of being a violin performer.“
More useful are courses that cover entrepreneurship, I suspect -- less vocational skills, and more thinking about market positioning, your audience, effective business communications (including advertising), etc.