We are looking at the next step for our daughter. We would be applying for pre college Fall 2022.
Most of the programs are long commutes 4-6 hrs. Each way, with the exception of one that’s about 1.5. One is a boarding school situation.
Any thoughts or recent experiences with NEC, Eastman, CIM, Juilliard pre-college programs? Great teachers at that age?
She has been getting suggestions, connections, recommendations to programs and faculty at summer camps this year. She has been making strides this year and would meet the minimum standards for all of these. Who knows about acceptance, but people she is playing for are encouraging.
Getting the best fit teacher wise and some financial aid are the priorities. Preferably not being in the car 12 hours every weekend of HS.
Is it acceptable for pre college to take take a collegiate approach to these applications? Meaning apply to all of them, audition,and see if you get in, who's studio wants you and what the money looks like. Then choose?
Lastly, how does one approach teachers for trial lessons, especially the most sought after, Email? Email with a video?
Just as an edit, Juilliard is the hardest on all levels and I have a good sense of the faculty there. So not much need to discuss Perlman, Cho, Lin, etc. And I left out MSM.
Having heard her play in the past, I think she has a good chance for most of these programs. There are a few others that would also be an option if you are considering boarding -- Walnut Hill, Colburn Academy, and possibly Interlochen Arts Academy or Idyllwild.
I'd think long and hard about what it means to your family to lose your weekends throughout the entire school year. That's a lot of time in the car, too, and don't forget about the cost of the wear and tear on your car from the sheer grind of the mileage. Also remember that six hours in the fall can turn into a lot more than that in the winter snow.
I recently read of someone doing it with a mobile home/RV.
I teach at a boarding school in Connecticut, and I have a number of students in my orchestra each year who make the 2 hour drive (4 hours round trip) on weekends to attend the pre-college programs at Juilliard in NYC or NEC in Boston. It's quite a commitment, and they've had to be very resourceful with using their time in transit, whether it is by car or by train, to read and do what homework they can. For a couple whom it is a critical part of their performance training, I know the families just straight out moved to the city to eliminate the transit time, albeit at great cost.
Susan, thanks, I’ll send a message through IG with more specifics.
Moving is not an option for us, for a variety of reasons.
A six hour commute each way, even once a week, sounds awful. Lydia's point that it will cut into her practice schedule seems very likely.
I think I prefer Susan's suggestion of an arts boarding school to driving several hours a week. Another girl in my daughter's teacher's studio several years ago transferred to Walnut Hill for her junior and senior years and went on to Northwestern then Juilliard. I also think it's unfortunate that relocation isn't an option - there's something to be said for living in an area with a vibrant arts scene and having access to a variety of music and musical opportunities.
In support of Matthew, there's no way my wife and I could move to "the city" either without wholesale career changes and a change in lifestyle approaching financial ruin (have you looked at real estate lately?), and we'd be starting over making all new friends, etc. Moving your whole family so that your child can attend a posh music school is just not a good option for some people.
We live in one of the most expensive cities in the world. We are not rich. We are quite poor actually but we make do with what we can afford.
Gene, a 2 hour each way drive to Juilliard would be a no brainer for us. (If she could get in).
Is there anyway to work things out with the program that's 1.5 hours away? Do they have a teacher who could be a good match for your daughter?