Acing The College Admissions Interview

Fall is here, and that means that some colleges will be holding admissions interviews with prospective applicants. The admissions interview is a place for the admissions representative (or someone else connected to the school) to see another side of you. It is also a chance for you to get an insider’s view of the college or to explain an inconsistency in your academic record in a personal, heartfelt way. To help you make the most of this opportunity, here is some advice on…

Striking The Right Chord: How To Prepare For The Music Audition

While most high school seniors have completed their applications, those who plan to study music in college (or apply for music scholarships) have the additional commitment of preparing for college music auditions.

Try performing in front of friends, family, and other community members to gain performance experience prior to the audition.

To get further insight into the audition process, we spoke with Ellen Donohue-Saltman, a French hornist, and Jamie Saltman, a conductor…

Defining the Purpose of the Alumni Interview

Until recently, alumni interviews seemed like a win-win-win situation for the schools, applicants, and alums involved. However, a March 2011 article from Bloomberg.com signals that some alumni are becoming disenchanted with admissions interview programs. As admissions to top-tier schools, such as the Ivy League, gets increasingly harder, alumni are seeing their success rates dwindle, prompting some to decrease their participation or stop their involvement altogether.…

All Acting, All Singing, All Dancing: The College Admissions Audition

Even for the most seasoned performer, an audition can be daunting. When added to the already stressful college admissions process, admissions auditions, often used at universities with competitive programs in dance, drama, and music, can seem like an insurmountable and sometimes confusing challenge. To help you navigate this complicated process, we’ve gotten advice from Laura Skaug, a professor at the Theatre and Dance Department at Belmont University in Nashville,…

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