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College Suggestions for EDM/DJ'ing?

Sally Rubenstone
Written by Sally Rubenstone | Sept. 24, 2014
Question: I have a senior struggling with plans after grad. He has a passion and talent for EDM music and DJ-ing. I want him to have some business background but follow his music passion. What do you think? Ideas for schools? Thanks.

“The Dean" does not do this sort of college counseling, especially when the query includes so little information about the student's academic background and preferences. If the word got out that I was suggesting specific colleges, I would be swamped with such requests. (Well, come to think of it, I already am.) 😉

BUT … if you haven't done so already, you might want to check out the Music Major section of the College Confidential discussion forum. See http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/music-major/

There are specific threads on the music business, composition, etc. An example of one thread that you might find helpful is here: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/discussion/comment/17579297#Comment_17579297

And also this one: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/music-major/1666721-contemporary-vocal-performance-and-music-business-programs.html#latest

Have you or your son played around yet with College Confidential's SuperMatch? First go to: http://www.collegeconfidential.com/college_search/ Then your son can enter his preferences for size, location, etc. as well as his GPA and test scores. Under the “Majors" heading he can type in “Music" and then check off as many specific music-related options as he wants (e.g., “Music Technology," “Music Management," “Music Theory and Composition.") The “Results" list may point him in some directions he hadn't previously considered. (If he decides he doesn't want to actually major in music, identifying colleges with these programs will help him find colleges that offer classes that interest him, even if he ultimately chooses a different concentration.)

Finally, if you are willing to spend a little money ($150) for a more personalized list of target colleges, then you might want to consider a “Stats Evaluation" from College Karma.

SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT: College Karma is a business I co-founded in 2008 with my College Confidential colleague Dave Berry. The Stats Eval–-along with other College Karma counseling services-–used to be provided by College Confidential. But when CC was acquired by Hobsons in 2008, we split into two separate enterprises.

You can read about the Stats Eval near the top of the page here: http://www.collegekarma.com/college_counseling/college_counseling.htm As I said above, it's $150, and I assure you that you will get your money's worth. After your son completes and submits the Stats Evaluation form, he will receive an assessment of his admission chances at all the colleges he listed on the form along with suggestions of ways to improve those chances. The Eval report also provides the names of other colleges to consider that should meet his profile and preferences.

I think that the Stats Evaluation will help to point you and your son in the right direction, making sure that his list includes a reasonable balance of “Reach," “Realistic" and “Safe" colleges. However, time is of the essence (music programs in particular can have some unique requirements that other majors may not, although I realize that your son may not want to major in music but only wants to study it in conjunction with other areas).

Finally, keep in mind that, regardless of what your son studies, most college communities … at least the residential ones … should provide plenty of opportunities for your son to indulge his musical interests outside of the classroom as well as in it.

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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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