Question: What is one of the most important things to ask when applying to music school?
I think one of the best questions a student can ask is how often they would have the opportunity to play as a soloist as opposed to playing in a group such as chamber music or orchestra. Does the school offer any regular performance opportunities in a formal concert venue? One of the benefits at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University is our weekly Friday Recital, where students sign up as often as they wish during a semester to perform a solo of their choice in Turner Recital Hall. Since it is required attendance each semester for all B.Mus. degree students, it offers a wonderful platform to perform for peers and test out newly refined repertoire.