Doing an exchange program as a musician
I was wondering if anyone had ever done or sent their child as an exchange student to europe (in highschool) and if so, how it would work being a musician and practicing during the time there, getting a teacher for a year, etc... If anyone has any information on how to do this or if its possible thanks.
+1 to Katie. Wow, amazing reply. I would only add that if music is THE central part of the child's life and if they are keen on focusing on music as a vocation, then stuff like private teacher, orchestra opportunity, etc., should be lined up before deciding where to go -- if that is even possible. Or it should be pretty darn clear that many
@Paul, in my case, lining anything up ahead of time would've been impossible, as I wasn't even assigned a permanent host family until I'd already been in Germany for several weeks. (They may have changed this in the multi-decade interim.)
A friend of mine did an exchange as part of her degree. She thoroughly enjoyed it, although her gripe was that the university she attended for a year in Germany didn't foxus on performance so much, so just be wary of that if going through a school or something
Thanks Katie for the detailed reply! It seems like it would be very difficult if wanting to stay on the conservatory track which is what I want to do. If I do manage to make it possible, do you have any countries that you would recommend besides Germany?
Hi Lizaveta, I wish I could help with your question about countries other than Germany but I don't know enough. My husband went to Sweden and had an amazing experience there as well–but he wasn't as focused on music as I was.
Hi, I did it the other way round: Coming from Germany, spending a high school year in Portland, OR, almost 30 years, ago.
thanks katie and Emily for all your helpful input!