If your child is apply to college as a theater or music major, these tips will help him choose between conservatories and classic college.
Andrew Hopkins's insight:
MY THOUGHTS: While this article is geared towards PERFORMING performing arts students, it's still helpful for me to review when weighing the advantages and disadvantages of a conservatory and liberal arts college. Conservatories are helpful because they train you specifically in what you want to major in, but they do not expose you to outside curriculum and you're major can have less value on the job market when searching for a job outside of your major. A liberal arts college focuses on all elements of an education, but does that mean that you could be majoring in theatre but still have to take science and math classes.
MY THOUGHTS: As I await my admission decision into Emerson College, I need to start reviewing the requirements for admission into DePaul Univeristy, one of my top three choices for schools. The main difference between DePaul and Emerson is that they require a writing sample, letter of recommendations, and a photograph, whereas Emerson didn't.
MY THOUGHTS: During my visit to Emerson College, I learned about the Honors program. While I had seen this option online, I thought it was only an accelerated program for students who were at the top of their class and wanted more rigorous classes. However, I learned that Honor program students receive 1/2 tuition to Emerson College and are considered on a wide range of qualities, not just academic. This site is the dedicated Honors program site for Emerson College and covers the procedures and prompts that students must follow to apply for the program.
MY THOUGHTS: This page covers what should be included in an arts adminstration resume, another thing I have been struggling with while preparing for my Emerson interview. The resume should include professional experience, references (unlike a typical resume), skills RELATED to the arts, and your past education. It should be in plain font and not flashy.
MY THOUGHTS: This blog post is extremely helpful because it describes the evolution of the Boston Commons Theatre scene over the years and shows that it has been growing over the past ten years and continues to grow, by fostering regional theatres and involving the community. This is reassuring to know that there is a prosperous theatre scene in Boston, where I wish to go to college.
My Thoughts: The main difference between Emerson and DePaul's curriculum is that DePaul is a conservatory and all classes relate directly to Theatre Management, whereas Emerson is a liberal arts school and has some courses that deviate from the main conservatory-type curriculum but still relate in a way. In my opinion, Emerson's curriculum is moer appealing because I do not think I could handle 100% classload of theatre as well as outside theatre commitments.
MY THOUGHTS: I referred to this Q&A interview with a Broadway stage manager to prepare for my college stage/production management interview. In reality, the interview was less question and answer but a more "get to know you" session where we talked about my interests, why I like Emerson & Boston, and then we went through my portfolio rather quickly with little commentary. This article was still beneficial to review because it got me thinking about my past stage management experience--what I'd like to improve on, what my most challenging aspect was, most rewarding, and my favorite show.
MY THOUGHTS: This article outlines the correct procedures for following up after a college interview. I just finished my interview with Emerson College, and, after touring the campus and seeing a performance there, can include those components in my thank you card to express that I took time and interest into the campus and I have a personal connection (outside of reading what they have on the website).
MY THOUGHTS: This webpage, while it is not for Emerson College, shows what the College-Conservatory of Music for the University of Cincinatti expects in a Stage Management portfolio, something that I am struggling with for my Emerson interview. Cue sheets, contact sheets, schedules, and prop lists are good things to include as well as photos of the production to show scale and caliber.
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