10 Things I Learned about Going to a Conservatory

10 Things I Learned about Going to a Conservatory

  1. If you are completely certain about only wanting to pursue a career in music performance, a conservatory is the place to be.
  2. The environment of a conservatory is typically smaller than a liberal arts university, so you will likely know most (or all) of the students you encounter in the hallways.
  3. Going along with number two, you will also likely know (or at least have heard about) most (or all) of the teachers you encounter in the hallways.
  4. All of your curriculum requirements can be met in one building (a conservatory is usually just one building).
  5. Everything you study and work on for school (with the exception of minimal liberal arts classes) is related to music.
  6. Attending school concerts, recitals, and performances take the place of attending school sporting events.
  7. Liberal Arts homework is certainly important, but practicing your instrument becomes a number one priority.
  8. The average class size is about 15-20 people so there is a lot of individual attention.
  9. Location is typically within close proximity (geographically and professionally) to a professional orchestra or opera company.
  10. You are surrounded by like-minded people who are accessible to collaborate with.

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