Dazed and Confused...

I've been told that market research shows that the top three questions from prospective students are the following:

  1. Does X have my major/the program I want/the degree I want?
  2. Is X the right fit for me?
  3. Is X affordable?

If you dig a bit deeper into these questions, they are great for beginning to define where you want to go to school next year, and then to narrow down your list to where you will actually submit applications. Ultimately, the answers you find will also help you decide where to go after receiving offers of admission - because you will be able to answer "Yes!" to all three questions for the right school.

So, let's start with question #1 - what schools have the major/program/degree that I want?

This is like that wonderful question that everyone hates getting - you know, "where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?" It's not a bad question, because once you have some sort of concept, you can then map out what it will take to get there.

So, get out a pen and paper, and start writing.

Do I want to play in an orchestra?

Do I want to be with a ballet company?

Do I want to be in musical theater?

Do I want to be in a professional string quartet?

Do I want to be a soloist?

Do I want to be a teacher?

Do I want to choreograph?

When you start exploring these ideas, it can become easier (though not that easy) to think about the type of education and experience that will get you there.

For example:

  1. Juilliard is a conservatory, and therefore does not offer double majors/double degrees with any academic programs. Students who are interested in pursuing both artistic and academic study will most likely be able to do so in a university setting.
  2. Juilliard offers programs in acting, dance and classical voice, but does not have a musical theater program. It is also important to know that due to the intensity of these programs, they do not intersect in any way. A student who really is in love with musical theater and wants to equally develop acting, voice and dancing skills may want to look at the many wonderful musical theater programs around the country.
  3. Dancers should refer to the previous blog on researching dance programs - lots of great info!

How do you research Juilliard? Poke around our website - we have a great Virtual Tour, the Juilliard Journal provides great insight into the artistic and student life here, you can look at who our faculty are (look for the "Faculty" link in the Division you are interested in), read the audition requirements, and of course, if you can - visit!

More research tips coming in the next blog....

So You Think You Can Dance – Part II

So You Think You Can Dance – Part I