My daughter is starting to look at music schools. She seems to be leaning towards music production with a minor in guitar performance. But that may switch around once she gets a bit older and possibly in school.
Anyone have any recommendations on schools? Preferably close to MN, but open to other places.
We've looked at McNally Smith and a couple other schools, but I am looking for real world experience of anyone that has been to a music school, what the cost was and what you were able to find for careers once out.
As much as I would love for her to go to a music school and follow the dream, I also don't want her saddled with 200k worth of debt when she gets out and is working as a waitress.
Personal opinion, if she's going to learn instrumentation off experts and wants to pursue that avenue, then music school can be an intensive and very productive thing to do.
If she's going to study something like Production, personally I'd think that instead of paying $$$ for a college course it might be better to do free work experience in a studio and do some free online courses to supplement, like the free online Introduction to Music Production at Berklee which starts early Feb. If you work in a studio for long enough and learn loads they will probably take you on. Then you have real world experience and little debt. Besides, when you leave college with your Production degree, you'd still have to start at the bottom in a studio.
Biggest thing for me, do not send her to music college unless she is very, very good indeed and is willing to work like stink. Reason being is there are many people there who are THAT good, and it's very easy to get left behind or dispirited by the whole thing. At my place we started with about 60 in the year and lost half of them in the 1st year. I know many who went in not being the best players, didn't learn enough, and left still being poor players. They mostly teach in schools, which perpetuates the cycle of poorly equipped musicians arriving at college unprepared.