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Re: Music Schools/Conservatories in the US
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Does anyone know anything about The Wheaton College Conservatory ( http://www.wheaton.edu/Conservatory/ ) or Houghton College's Greatbach School of music. ( http://campus.houghton.edu/orgs/music/ ) I have heard good things said about Wheaton but the people who I have heard this from are like me, they too have heard good things about Wheaton.

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Sorry about the blank reply.

I lived in Wheaton in the 1970's and learned that the College is a very conservative Protestant environment. I know nothing of its conservatory, but make sure you would feel comfortable on such a campus before considering it.

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I`m a new member of Piano World and just started to post videos one youtube. I also have a myspace Internet page (also new)!!

This is my first youtube video with a portuguese windband (Sociedade Musical Gouveense) and the maestro Helder Abreu. The concerto is the Richard Addinsell "Warsaw Concerto" (the hard version in this case) that i had the pleasure to record recently. The video doesn't start in the beginning of the concerto. The CD is on sale too (of course is a much better version than this live performance... but i guess that is normal).

So here are the links and be free to comment. I hope i can comment all your videos and recordings soon...

Warsaw Concerto - André Vaz Pereira (youtube)

http://br.youtube.com/watch?v=_bOD0Qt1FXM

myspace

www.myspace.com/andrevqazpereira

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Anyone interested in Wheaton's Conservatory should look at this thread:
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/2/18479.html

As a former student there, I have nothing but positive things to say about the school and the Conservatory.

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Hey..sorry i haven't been on here for a while but thanks opus119 for answering my question! Since my last post i have become pretty interested in the manhattan school of music..how good to you have to be to get in? (sort of a dumb question, i know..but better questions aren't forming in my head. it's one of those days.)

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Hi, I'm from India. I am presently in my final year of a 5 year integrated Master of Science program in Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. I've been playing the piano for about 8 years now. I went to vienna to study under a Slovenian pianist and composer, Prof Blazenka Arnic from May-July 2008. It was there that I decided that I had to pursue music seriously once I graduate from IIT. So I've decided to take off one year after I graduate (in May 2009) to prepare for auditions. I am interested in piano performance (I'm just beginning to understand and appreciate jazz.. I'd like to go to a school which emphasizes and overall development than just classical though all my training has been in classical music) and also am interested in singing (popular music, I had my own rock band for a few years and I write my own songs). So I've decided to audition fr Berklee in 2010. The drummer in my band got through and his dad is rich enough to pay for his education there. In my case, I don't have a penny to pay for it.

So I need advice from you guys about these:

1) A list of good universities/conservatories which offer good chances to international students for a substantial financial aid packet.

2) I have just started on my first sonata (completed movement I of the tempest by Beethoven, will start the third movement shortly, working on Chopin Etude Op 25, No 2, and the prelude and fugue by Bach in C minor. I am also working on fine tuning my Fantasy Impromptu.) Keeping all this in mind, and considering that I have had no good teacher so far in India and my playing level is not all that good, advice me on my chances of getting into a good piano school. I intend to take off one year and devote 6-7 hrs everyday to my piano practice.

Thank you for your time!

-Vishnu

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http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=723510 You can listen to my attempts..but these recordings were made one year ago and I believe I'm a little better now. Will post new recordings when I've done them.

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Oh and btw, since I would have done a masters degree by then, I would not exactly like to go for a BM which would require me to do a lot of courses other than performance related courses.. So please also suggest schools that have diploma courses for people like me. I'm 22 now and I know I'm kinda late but its never too late to start, is it?

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#504677 09/05/08 03:06 PM
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What about the piano forum one used by ubb. I think...


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Hey, I'm wanting to attend UCLA for Piano Performance and composition, has anyone on this board attended UCLA? What you suggest I do to prepare for auditions in 2010 to increase my chances of acceptance?


Chopin: Nocturne No. 15 in Fm. Op. 55 no.1.
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Is anyone here familiar with the Schools of Music at the University of South Carolina and the University of Georgia? I'd like to know how good is the faculty at those schools and if they are good about providing students with financial aid.

I am finishing my master's at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and would like to get started on a DMA next year. As much as I like my current school, I'm wondering if it might be best to go somewhere else for a doctorate.

I would also consider moving to Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, or Michigan. What other great schools are in these states besides Cleveland Institute of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory, University of Michigan, and Michigan State?

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My post is not to recommend a particular school, but just to offer a comment on what I observed recently that I think--and hope--is an interesting and helpful trend for people doing research on picking music schools. Some schools have capitalized on high technology by uploading interesting video clips about faculty members where teachers talk about themselves, their teachings and their students.

I still remember how difficult it was when I was in high school, trying to narrow down potential schools and teachers. This was the 80s, before Internet and Piano World wink . My teacher at the time was a good player, but surprisingly provincial and limited in her knowledge about the "scene." I will spare you the heartaches that I went through, except to emphasize that information did not come easily. Reading biographies of teachers in print school catalogues left me overwhelmed and without any clearer understanding. It could be argued that these new video clips are also marketing tools and just as calculated as printed words. Nevertheless, the chance to see these teachers in motion, hear their voice, would surely enliven the search process.

Anyway, from the University of Southern California:

Daniel Pollack (scroll down to the bottom for video links):
http://www.usc.edu/schools/music/private/faculty/dpollack.php

Kevin Fitz-Gerald:
http://www.usc.edu/schools/music/private/faculty/kfitzger.php

(Too bad no videos are available on John Perry.)

From Oberlin College:

http://www.oberlin.edu/con/divinfo/keyboard/piano.html

Click on the left of the page, then names of these teachers' individual page that feature video clips: Duphil, Frumkin, Rutstein, Takacs.


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Hey,
look at this article:

http://www.musicouch.com/Genres/Classical/Showing-Virtuosity-in-60-Seconds.357351

It's a breath of fresh air in my life- I hope you enjoy it smile

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Hi! Junior in HS wondering if there are any Western Washington University graduates here? I'm actually looking to become a composition major, and WWU itnerested me greatly... would like to stay in Washington if possible.

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Hi, I'm a pianist currently in Peace Corps Ukraine. I'm currently exploring options after Peace Corps.
I was wondering what the best option for Applied Piano or Piano Performance is in the pacific northwest. I'm looking into either public or private universities. I grew up in the Portland/Vancouver area, and when I return to the states I would like to go to school somewhere close.

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I had friends who did undergrad at a very unknown college.. they practiced 8hrs+ a day, they worked really hard.. everyone single one of them went to grad school.. getting a big scholarship or sometimes full scholarship from USC, Eastman ..etc.

I know a friend of mine who went to the same school for jazz piano..the program wasn't that great but he practiced hard.. and he was finalist at the prestigious Theoloneous Monk competition couple of years ago.

I really think a lot of is really up to the individual dedication.. and studying with the right teacher.. there are a lot of excellent teachers that are not famous.

I don't know if I am qualified to give suggestion, but I personally think that ppl shouldn't get too hung up on whether they get accepted at school x or not.. everyone has different path in music.. and in the end the people who are dedicated in what they do usually go somewhere in life.

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Well, I have to add a shoutout to my very first piano teacher here and the University of Houston! Professor Weems taught me when I was just starting out at 6 years old. It turns out this was during the few years in her life when she wasn't teaching college-aged pianists! She still is my favorite teacher after all this time!

http://www.music.uh.edu/people/weems.html


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I'm curious about the Juilliard audition requirements. They say:
"A substantial composition by Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, or Mendelssohn."

Does that mean major works byRachmaninoff, Franck, or early Scriabin have to be the substantial work of the applicant's choice?


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How is Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York doing these days?

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