No matter how good it sounds for a college prospect to have a great admissions ‘hook’, there comes a day when that hook either works or not.
The really good athlete — not ranked in the top recruits with all the coaches calling, but good enough to play college sports — has to figure out the recruitment process, where he or she can fit into a program, and continue to produce attractive stats.
The high school musical star, if he or she wants to pursue a musical theatre major, has to find the right program and audition to get in (never mind trying out for roles once in the program).
So it goes with musicians. This week Mod Squad Pete walked into a room with a piano to audition for entrance into a music program.
It’s a tough get, the acceptance-to-audition ratio is daunting. We told him the same as when he considered applying to very selective schools: you’ve earned the right to try, you will always wonder if you could have made it, go for it. Just remember that your life and your future happiness do not revolve around whether or not you get in.
For now, I’ll wish him — and all the other students working on getting in to the program they want, interviewing for a scholarship slot, or keeping their stats competitive — the best, and I’ll share one of his favorite songs, “You’re My Everything” by the Miles Davis Quintet. Here’s what he wrote in one of his essays:
…Red Garland, the pianist on the track, starts out with a simple improvised introduction, but Miles calls him off. Davis simply says, “Play some block chords, Red,” and the result is superb, culminating with an amazing turnaround: bam bu-dam ba bu-dum. It leads perfectly into the next section. Miles’ and John Coltrane‘s solos are great, but what makes this song exquisite is Garland’s introduction.
- Waiting for Admissions News: Are we there yet? (drstrangecollege.wordpress.com)
- Another college admissions stage completed: Pete has options (drstrangecollege.wordpress.com)
- The 10 Best John Coltrane Solos (Sound Affects) (popmatters.com)