Re: Let's Talk About College


Subject: Re: Let's Talk About College
From: Andrea Saez (dundalk03@gmail.com)
Date: Fri Sep 30 2005 - 16:52:30 EDT


I still regret not being able to go to Berklee, those 32,000 are hard
to pay .... but It's a great school nonetheless!

On Sep 30, 2005, at 4:44 PM, Ryan Supak wrote:

> I'd say that Berklee is indeed more pragmatic in the areas where
> you want to be more "intellectual", and more rigorous in areas that
> maybe you're not as concerned with -- such as traditional
> musicianship, music theory, jazz chord progressions, etc...
>
> $0.02,
> rs
>
> On 9/30/05, Morgan Sutherland <skiptracer@gmail.com> wrote:
> Oh yeah, Berklee too. That was the primary candidate until I decided
> to aim higher. They don't have anything relating to electroacoustics
> it seems and I get the feeling that it's not a very
> intellegent/academic atmosphere... more for preparing you for a
> multimedia job. Maybe I'm wrong.
>
> On 9/30/05, Michael Gogins <gogins@pipeline.com> wrote:
> > You should probably get a degree in composition at a school where
> computer music is valued, such as Columbia, Princeton, Stanford,
> NYU, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (sure about those,
> no doubt there are others).
> >
> > Some schools teach 'music technology' which has little to do with
> what I call computer music, though that is not always true (NYU has
> computer music in its MT program, as well as in the composition
> degree in the music school). I get the vague feeling that MT
> programs try to split the difference between educating producers (a
> sort of composer) and educating recording engineers. Usually the MT
> program offers a master's degree (graduate education for
> professional practice) and the music program offers a master's
> (graduate educaton for artistic practice) and a docorate (graduate
> education for teaching and research).
> >
> > Berklee might work for you.
> >
> > Prove to the admissions officers that you will make the cut by
> sending them pieces and software that make the cut. Good references
> will help.
> >
> > What's so scary about theory? Sometimes these fears tell us
> something, and we should do what we are afraid of -- sometimes not!
> We recognize that traditional music theory, as well as contemporary
> often mathematical music theory, has little to say to some
> composers these days, but to other composers it may be vital. In
> any case a theory course may come with ear training, analysis, and
> music history which are invaluable. I myself find contemporary
> theory fascinating because I am interested in algorithmic composition.
> >
> > If in fact you do not make the cut but still want to make music,
> move to a region where these good schools exist, get a day job, and
> just make music and hang out with people. If you do good work
> you'll find a place and be respected even if you don't go the
> academic route.
> >
> > In any event shoot for the top first, because if you do make the
> cut they will help you out with money if you need it.
> >
> > It might be a good idea to bum around and visit campuses and talk
> people up, listen to their music.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Mike
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Morgan Sutherland <skiptracer@gmail.com>
> > Sent: Sep 30, 2005 3:45 PM
> > To: cec-conference@concordia.ca
> > Subject: Let's Talk About College
> >
> > 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
> > http://www.artic.edu/saic/programs/depts/undergrad/sound.html
> > 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)
> > http://www.create.ucsb.edu/create/createWeb/about/news.php
> >
> > 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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