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My daughter is a junior in high school and wants to major in violin performance in college. We live in Texas, and she dreams of studying at in NYC, San Francisco, LA, or Miami. She played in the all region, state, honors orchestra, and mariachi, plays solo gigs for events, volunteers playing at a nursing home, and plays in pop and Latin band (by ear) and even goes out to on the streets to busk. She has a very good foundation on piano, and music theory. I feel she is advanced but not a child prodigy, but with has lots of potential and talent. As far as her academics, she is an A- /B+ student and her SAT is a bit higher than average. Realistically I don't think I could afford to send out of state, and I'm not sure if she could get much in the way of scholarships. I strongly advice her not to take out loans.
With that in mind, we're looking towards more reasonably priced state universities in Texas, just in case San Francisco Conservatory, USC, Manhattan School, and other out of state options don't pan out.
She will be doing trial lessons and tours and University of North Texas, Texas State, and UT Austin. Any other Texas state universities we should check out?
Thanks for any input!
Thank you Bob. UNT sounds great to me especially since they have a good mariachi, Latin jazz ensembles, and even a dedicated jazz violin teacher. But we live in Dallas, and my daughter would like to get a little (or a lot) further from home! But yes, she does acknowledge that UNT is a good school. I'm a UNT grad by the way. I played in several jazz combos and big bands back in the day 🙂
Yes, Rice would be amazing, but it is very expensive and my daughter says she hates Houston (pollution, humidity, flooding, and frequent oil refinery plan explosions)
I tell her if she got a scholarship it would be foolish to count it out, for the same reasons you cited. Also it's a very competitive school academically and musically.
Oh, also check out Sam Houston State. The music school seems to have a solid reputation (about on par with Texas State), and it's especially good for those interested in Baroque period performance.
As for Rice, it currently offers full-tuition scholarships to all students with family incomes under $130k, and generous scholarships for all students with family incomes under $200k. Do not rule it out due to cost.
Thanks you for the replies. We actually met some recent Sam Houston music major graduates and they had nothing but praise for the music department.
Yes, Rice would be a great choice, and I'm doing my best to have her consider it. My daughter is very environmentally aware, and hates all the pollution in Houston. I tell her it's only four years, and maybe all the contamination would keep her in door practicing! 🙂