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what colleges are best for an aspiring singer/artist?

i am a senior in highschool inaugust

Thank you comment icon Hello There is really no college that is the best school to go to. It really depends upon the instructor that is there and the effort you give.The instructor can be the best in world as well as the college and curriculum but it really depends upon you. Austin Bradley
Thank you comment icon Hello Ari! Just swinging by to bolster Michelle's insightful observation! She hit the nail on the head with her advice. Your direction should be influenced by market opportunities. While the learning curve might be similar across the board, the network you build will be unique. Give it some thought and stay on the right path! Éverton Backes
Thank you comment icon Hi Ari, I'm going to assume you mean "visual" artist. I don't know of any specifically, but I would suggest an institution that offers degrees in both disciplines. As somewhat of an example, I've worked with a fine jazz vocalist since 1980, who while earning a degree in psychology from Princeton, also minored in music. George F Spicka

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Michelle’s Answer

Hi, Ari !

To be honest with you, any college of your choice will be good as a Music or Art major. This may not help you decide which college, however, as long as the college is a recognized accredited college with a financial aid department and programs for a Music and Art major, they would be worth applying to. You will need to decide if you are going to stay in town or think about relocating to a different state like New York or California where the hubs for performers offer a wide range of opportunities and experiences. So before selecting colleges, you have to decide on personal preferences such as those, as well as how much you want to spend on tuition and everything else connected to your education.

In a college Music Department, you can learn, develop and practice your singing. It will be the same in the Art Department for creating art. You will have to decide which to major in and which to minor in.

Your first step in choosing a college will be to explore information about your local colleges including community colleges. See which programs suit your goals. Then you can explore out of state or out of town colleges. Some of these would be Brenau University in Atlanta, Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, University of Texas at Austin, City University of New York in New York, NY, and Julliard in New York City. Read all about these schools if you plan to relocate for college.

While you are in high school create your art and build a portfolio. Also be involved with every group, show and activity at which you can sing. Audition for the musicals at your school and explore experiences and opportunities in your community. You will build a wonderful resume by the time you graduate.

I hope that this is helpful and I wish you all the best. Never give up !

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

2024 COLLEGES NEAR WHERE YOU LIVE https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-with-music-performance/m/atlanta-metro-area/
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James’s Answer

Like other answers above, it really depends on the instructor you have and their expertise, the amount of effort you put into it, and how well you network when you are there. That said, some music/arts colleges offer more than others. Julliard, Berklee, Oberlin, and Western Washington University offer very strong and dedicated music programs for all disciplines in music, and they have enough musicians attending them that actual ensembles can be formed, for those who are aspiring composers and wish to have music ensembles to write for.
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Mary Ann’s Answer

Hi Ari.
I’ve not read other comments to this but I do recall as a younger person if it’s performance then you might want to look into the following:


Carnegie Mellon : theatre
Cincinnati Conservatory: classical
Rodchester NY: Jazz
Juilliard: classical
NYU: Theatre ( my Masters in music comp Broadway to follow)
Miami School of Music:
Duquesne School of music: Amazing Jazz and technology: PGH Pa (my college)
New England Conservatory: Boston
Berkeley. Everything modern and laid back
It’s not only getting a great mentor and self challenge : but your classmates will BE “someone” as well. Connections !! In a few years. Good luck !!!

Mary Ann
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David’s Answer

Miami is a great school for singers, as well as Musicians institute or Berklee.
It depends on the kind of experience you want to have.
If you want to sing to be in a choir, pick an ivy league or a public music conservatory.
If you want to be a Jazz singer, or a solo singer in another contemporary style at a high level, choose a modern pop/jazz program at Berklee College of Music, or UMiami.

If you want to learn without the pressure of a conservatory, look at schools that are similar to Musicians Institute that offer a live performance program.

Ultimately, if you put in the work, you can become a singer with just a mentor or teacher.

Music school is for developing skills outside of your singing alongside it so that you can succeed in a particular area.
(stage presence, performance chops, new genres, music industry, music business, touring management, etc)

However, if you don't get a job right out of college in that area, you should be thinking about how you can make money to pay off the debt from school in the meantime.

A large loan debt of 100k is easily a reason for people to stop singing professionally and get a day job.

If you aren't very entrepreneurial, consider a structured program with a career track at the very least.

Just some things to consider! Let me know if you need any clarifications!
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