college and harp

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    unknown-user on #167347

    hi, my name is lauren and i have been playing harp for about 4
    years. I’m in my third year of high school and have begun to think
    about college.

    anita-burroughs-price on #167348

    Dear Lauren,
    In addition to conservatories, you might want to look into a liberal arts college where you can pursue academic and musical courses. I teach (and attended) Furman University where I double majored in French and harp performance.

    Evangeline Williams on #167349

    Going off to college I wanted to either major in musical theater, or double music performance major in harp and voice.

    unknown-user on #167350

    You should be able to major and harp and do clarinet as a minor at most music schools, but conservatories do frown on double majors unless you are exceptional and can perhaps prove you can keep up with the work. Biology kind of rules out conservatories that are not part of a university. Which one can’t you live without? You might find the schools in Boston more hospitable to majoring in both music and science. I don’t know how you can anticipate a school’s reasoning in acceptance. It seems to be a major concern these days. Perhaps you can consult an expert. I don’t know if MIT has a biology program, but they have a pretty good music program and a very good harp teacher.

    Calista Anne Koch on #167351


    vince-pierce on #167352

    Hi, Lauren! I am about to enter my sophomore year in college, and I’m going to begin learning harp this fall. I go to Baylor University in Waco, Texas. I am a music education major with a concentration in clarinet and secondary in oboe. My clarinet teacher is very supportive of my learning the oboe (not so much of harp), and our pre-med and science programs are the biggest schools at Baylor. We have a very good harp teacher, Dr. Juliette Buchanan from Houston. Our music school is not small, but it is not as large as UT Austin, or UNT. We have about four harp majors at any given time, and a few non-majors taking lessons. Not that I’m trying to recruit you or anything…(even though I am), but you should look into Baylor. But I agree also that you should apply to as many schools as possible and discuss this with the clarinet professor, the harp professor, and even a biology professor. They can probably give you some good advice about which avenue to pursue. A student just graduated from here who was the first person in the 160 year history of Baylor to graduate with a Bachelor’s in Music Performance (flute) and a double minor in biology and chemistry. He’s now going to study medicine at St. Thomas’ or something in London. So it’s possible. Good luck!

    unknown-user on #167353

    Dear Lauren,

    I would love to see you pursue both majors and keep up both

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