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 college question
Author: Holly 
Date:   2001-04-09 23:23

Hi..which universities (not conservatories) have the best music schools?

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 RE: college question
Author: Mark Charette 
Date:   2001-04-10 00:34

University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Indiana, Ohio State University, Arizona State University, University of North Texas, SUNY Stonybrook, DePaul, Northwestern, Boston University, Florida State University ...

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 RE: college question
Author: Bob Curtis 
Date:   2001-04-10 01:06

Holly:

When you say "music universities," what do you intend on majoring in? There are some that are particularly strong in some fields than others. Are you looking for a school that educates teachers, performers, what? This could make a difference.

Bob Curtis

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 RE: college question
Author: Mindy 
Date:   2001-04-10 01:34

I would say Stetson University in Deland Florida. That is where my mom went to and that is where I want to go to. That is also the college I go to for my lessons. I take from the professor there. I really like Stetson. And the clarinet professor is awsome!!!!
Mindy

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 RE: college question
Author: Laurie 
Date:   2001-04-10 01:43

SUNY Stonybrook - Don't you mean SUNY Ferdonia and SUNY Potsdam ?

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 RE: college question
Author: beth 
Date:   2001-04-10 02:06

yeah...i was just gunna say that...living in new york (and only 20 minutes from stony brook) ive been looking at the suny schools...stony brook doesnt have much of a music program...as mentioned, fredonia and potsdam (which also produces 50% of music teachers in NY) have much better, more extensive, and better known programs. suny potsdam right now is my top choice along with ithica...potsdam being the MUCH cheaper alternative in case of limited aid or whatnot.

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 RE: college question
Author: Kim L 
Date:   2001-04-10 03:08

You might want to look into either WestConn in Danbury, CT or UCONN in Storrs, CT. I go to Western Connecticut State, and the faculty is superb! The clarinet teacher is phenomenal, and our band director is awesome! He only holds us to the highest standards.

In addition to music, Connecticut is rated number one in the country for its education program. It is the only state where you can get certified in all 50 states.
Also, we have the highest teacher standards.

If you want more information on Western's music department, visit http://www.wcsu.edu/music.html.

Good luck in your search,

Kim L.

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 RE: college question
Author: Ryan 
Date:   2001-04-10 14:21

I would just like to put in a good word for Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Its not well known, but growing at an amazing rate, and they have some top notch faculty, and are hiring big name applied music professors at a very high rate. If you play clarinet, and you're auditioning at either of the "Big" Michigan schools, I would recommend you also audition at Grand Valley, just to see what they have to offer.

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 RE: college question
Author: The Diva 
Date:   2001-04-10 17:39

Let me set the record straight regarding the music program at SUNY Stonybrook. Stonybrook has an extensive music program and is considered a 'hidden gem' for its music department. The graduate program is highly competitive and kept deliberately small to allow for great music making and focus on the development of each individual student's abilities. I happen to know this because I am a graduate student in music at StonyBrook. The faculty here is 'first rate' and we share many of the teachers who are also in residence at Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes.

As a side note...

Beth, contrary to what you believe, Stonybrook does have a good program. It is currently in the process of rebuilding its undergraduate studies program. The only downside I can see right now, is that there is not a program offered in Music Education...Still, there are many options.

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 RE: college question
Author: beth 
Date:   2001-04-10 19:41

hmm...ive heard that yes the graduate program is very good in comparison with the undergrad(@ Stony Brook)...but mainly i was referring to the undergraduate programs, as that is what ive been looking at...and the main reason USB turned me off is the lack of a music ed program

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 RE: college question
Author: Mark Charette, Webmaster 
Date:   2001-04-10 20:45

One of the reasons I mentioned Stonybrook is that very reason (an excellent but "hidden" music program according to my sources) and the fact that a friend of mine that I highly regard gives seminars there and has mentioned to me the high level of the music students.

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 RE: college question
Author: The Diva 
Date:   2001-04-11 02:27

Beth,

I understand your point...It would be nice for Stonybrook to have a Music Education program. I certainly hope that you find the school and program you are looking for.

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 RE: college question
Author: Francesca 
Date:   2001-04-11 21:59

Why are most of the good music universities in the East? I know that there are numerous ones out west, but it seems that the eastern universities get more prestige. (I have to put in a note for University of Idaho. The clarinet professor there is pretty strict, but he definitely gets results.)

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 RE: college question
Author: Ashley 
Date:   2001-04-12 00:26

I'm pretty partial to the U of Iowa, but maybe that's because I'm going there next fall and they gave me a full ride scholariship (academic, not music :( ). I've heard the clarinet prof is really hard... but she's also really really good. Awesome music school too.. or so everyone tells me.... I guess i'll find out next fall..until then.............
*cough*go hawkeyes*cough*

~ashley~

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 RE: college question
Author: Erin 
Date:   2001-04-16 02:48

Ok, time for me to put in a plug for my school : ). If you're looking for music ed, think about Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Not too many people have heard of it, but it produces a lot of great K-12 teachers. And it has a good academic program if you're into that too. I'm a performance major there, so I don't deal with the ed stuff, but I'm nothing but impressed with the faculty and the opportunities I've had here.
-Erin

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