- Aug 16, 2011
This sounds harsh but for anyone who is all in on violin performance and not interested in teaching, I would would really think twice if I couldn't get admitted to Julliard, Eastman, etcYes to all of this. Ithaca, Potsdam (Crane School of Music), and Fredonia are the schools to go to for Music Ed in New York State (excluding NYC). Eastman is one of the best conservatories in the world. As a violinist taking purely performance track, Eastman would be the best. In New York State, Ithaca is probably second, with Fredonia and Potsdam close behind. All of these schools are good for kids who want to perform and get a music education degree. They are all selective, with Eastman being exponentially more selective than the other three.
I'm not putting down teaching - in lots of ways, I wish I could've convinced myself to be a music teacher - good living, good for my non-existent golf game. But I knew that wasn't for me and I didn't like my odds at making a living performing so I didn't go to school for it. So I think willingness to teach is the big deciding factor