Let's Talk About College

Subject: Let's Talk About College
From: Morgan Sutherland (skiptracer@gmail.com)
Date: Fri Sep 30 2005 - 15:45:35 EDT

It's a little early, but soon it's going to be time for me to start
looking at colleges. Here's what I want in a college:

I live in Massachusetts. This means that anywhere not in New England
is a plane ride away pretty much. This adds a few thousand dollars to
the tuition price. I'm not rich. Let's essentially disregard this for
the moment however. California for all extensive purposes is not going
to be out of the question. The U.K. however, is.

Fields of study. The short unspecific answer: Computer music.
I'm not sure exactly what field of study I want to enter, but I know
what I don't want.
I don't want to be a music major. Music theory isn't a passion for me.
I'm afraid of it.
I get the feeling that doing something along the lines of
Computer-science major/Music minor or vice versa wouldn't be what I'm
into. I'd be into the combination of it.
What does an electroacoustics major entail? Is that essentially a
"computer music" degree?
Clarifcation in this area would be appreciated.

What I want to do:
Make music throughout my whole life. Hopefully make money from it.
Design software/hardware for the creation of music. I'm very
interested in interfaces. My mind could change of course completely,
but this is where I want to aim. That general area.

Combining computer science and music, but not as mutually exclusive
entities, that's where I want to go.

My grades are good. B+/A-. My GPA is currently a 3.65. It should go up
to a 3.7 this year. I've been getting better grades than in the past.
My PSAT scores have been good (haven't taken SATs yet). They've been
very good: A's.
My grades have fluctuated a lot however. There are a few C's and an F in there.

I would like to go somewhere with research opportunities. Because of
this, many of the top universities are interesting, but I'm not sure
I'll make the cut.

What I've been interested in so far:

Concordia in Montreal www.concordia.ca
Art Institute of Chicago
MIT (Mass Institute of Technology) www.mit.edu
Columbia University in New York http://music.columbia.edu/cmc/
Stanford University http://ccrma.stanford.edu/
CalArts (CREATE program) http://shoko.calarts.edu/ms_info/compnm_info.html
University of Washington (DX Arts) http://www.washington.edu/dxarts/
University of Santa Barbara (Create with Curtis Roads)

Add to my list!

I'd also looove to attend MIT (Media Lab) or Dartmouth
(electroacoustics) for their graduate programs.

Recommendations? Comments? Questions?

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