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It looks like I'll be returning to school to finish my degree this fall, one way or another. Preliminary moves have been made towards both Berklee and UMass Boston.

First, about UMass: I got an acceptance letter yesterday, so now I have to a) find out what credits might transfer, and thus how many I have yet to take. I also have to find out what the instrumental performance requirements are for graduation, as well as final project requirements might be. Their music program looks solid, for a college of liberal arts. Which basically means that as far as my specific career goals go, I'm going to be more or less on my own. It looks like the majority of music faculty simply have a solid classical background. BUT it will be significantly cheaper than Berklee - student loans will more likely cover everything.

Also, in order to amuse myself, I'm looking into their honors program. Why not?

About Berklee: WANT. I pestered the Professional Music chair's assistant yesterday on changing my major (Professional Music is Berklee's "Make Your Own Major" program.) The chair himself is out this week, but I'm getting an appointment to speak to him some afternoon next week. The assistant was really helpful but I had specific questions like "I need an academic advisor. Here's the career path I want, who do I pester about advising me?" She didn't know specifically how and who, so she recommended I talk to the head of the department. She also pointed out I'd end up with 20 extra credits and that we should see if I can shoehorn it into a double major somehow (which I had actually originally planned to do, back in the day, before the CWP department kicked me out for sucking at jazz arranging.)

I didn't realize the major required more private lessons; I might be taking more violin lessons! They have a harp teacher now! I might be able to take harp lessons and play harp in an ensemble! The string department placed all their proficiency requirements online, so now I know what to aim for! Also included in the string department handbook was their grading policy, which made me feel so much better about myself; I averaged a solid B in private instruction, which the handbook tells me "Focuses on weaknesses and makes progress" and "Shows improvement of instrumental skills and musicianship" and that is nice good to hear. I worked as hard as I could, given that I was a writing major and had insane stage fright. I mean, crazy stage fright. The first thing I am going to ask for help on with my next instructor is how to deal with performance anxiety. Uncontrollable shaking is not fun AND makes it hard to play, which reinforces the anxiety.

And now there are so many AWESOME electives in Electronic Production and Design, even aside from the game electives. (Indian Music Concepts in Electronic Production! Mapping and Curves in Sonic Arts! SQUEE!)

On a depressing note, unless I can get work-study, or additional loans, I may not be able to get enough financial aid. We'll see.

I am now going to retreat into a creative, hyperactive fit of giggling. Hopefully I can hold still enough to make notes in my music notebook. (I'd like to thank Tashari again for the gift... it's small enough to hide under the papers on my desk when someone walks by!)


( 1 lyric — Sing a song )
May. 27th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
Good luck! I hope everything works out!
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