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Will my lack of music class experience affect my college application?

If i never taken any music classes in high school , would that peanilize me when colleges are looking at my application if i want to major in music? #music #college-applications

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Sarah’s Answer

Not necessarily! I go to Berklee College of Music in Boston, and I have plenty of friends here who weren't lucky enough to attend a school that even had a music program. As long as you have been practicing alone and the college can see that, it doesn't matter. As the person above said, there is a difference between your music theory knowledge and performance level. If you have music offered at your school or in your town, try and join the class or a program!

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Gary’s Answer

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It's going to matter much more whether you've undergone any musical training, or whether you've been working in or around music. Do you have compositions? You are also going to need to distinguish between performing or music theory. If the college knows your high school well and knows that you had the option to take a music class but declined to do so, that could come back to be a problem, because it may be an indication that you are not serious or consistent in your interest in music. You can find the admissions requirements for an example music department here: http://music.cornell.edu/undergraduate/admissions/

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Nir’s Answer

It depends on the place. If you're looking to enter into a top conservatory and you are very inexperienced on your instrument then yes it will affect your chances. But if you go to a normal liberal arts school and want to major in music then passion and your other background could play just a big a role as experience. I also know people who got into a surprisingly great music conservatory for their experience so never sell yourself short.
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