Summer is quickly approaching which means my first year at Juilliard is quickly coming to a close – CRAZY! Time really flies! It seems like we have to start thinking about these summer programs earlier and earlier. Below are some of the things I look for in a summer program.
When choosing summer programs, it is best to keep two things in minds: COST and VALUE.
As a young person who will be attending school it is imperative to think about what you will be paying for your summer program. Below are some important questions to ask yourself:
How much will this program cost?
Will I be able to afford this program in addition to my other financial obligations?
Do they offer scholarship?
How much (if any) are my parents planning to help cover?
What are some fundraising tools I can use?
Then you’ve got to consider value. Below are some important questions to ask yourself:
What am I going to get out of this program?
Who is going to be there? Coaches? Teachers?
What is the reputation of this program?
Do I know people who have attended? What were their experiences like?
What are the direct impacts that this will have on my career?
VALUE VS. COST
Finally, you’ve got to consider the relationship between cost and value. Below are some important questions to ask yourself:
What is the cost of this program worth the price I will be paying?
Does the tuition amount include room and board? Meals? Travel? If not, how will I pay for that?
Is this quality of experience something I could gain at school? If so, is it worth the money?
Does a scholarship amount (or lack of) help to offset the cost enough where I feel this will be beneficial to my growth?
MOST IMPORTANT: Does this financial investment make me happy and will it be worth the cost after I have finished?
If you are struggling to decide on/between a summer program(s), here are some tips:
Ask a friend who has been!
Make a pro and con list
Consult your private voice/instrument teacher
Talk it over with an unbiased third party (non-musical friend).
MOST IMPORTANT: Go with your gut! You know what’s best. If it doesn’t feel right to you, it probably isn’t! Trust your instincts.