Classical & Contemporary Composition

Choosing the Music School Best For Your Art & Aesthetic

Composers have an incredibly wide range of college options to select from, as nearly every university, conservatory, and liberal arts college has a music composition program.

But is sorting through these options so easy?

First, you have to consider the musical aesthetic of a college faculty.

Does the teacher write modern American music that you would be interested in? Are they more into conservative European styles, like 12-tone music? Are they more minimalistic, or are they into broader, neo-romantic styles?

While any of these genres are great for the right composers, the point of those questions is to ask you this…

Does the faculty support music that you would enjoy writing and listening to?

After that, as a composer in college, you must make sure that you are surrounded with high-level performers that will enthusiastically play and record your music. Developing a broad portfolio of scores and recordings in college is key to your success in your professional career.

Some schools are more supportive of new music with their performers, and others are less so…

You’ll probably want to stay away from the such schools.

Composers, our college consulting service can address every single concern you have for looking into higher education.

In fact, Bill Zuckerman, founder of Music School Central, was a composition major in college himself, as well as a former professional composer in New York City.

Our college consulting provides complete guidance for mastery of the complex application and audition process for composers, as well as a clearly-defined roadmap for choosing the music colleges best for a composer’s specific aesthetic interests.

As a composer, you must submit scores and recordings to the music colleges you are applying to. Additionally, you may have to present an instrumental audition, an interview with the faculty, and other credentials.

Our program for composers comes in three tiers:


Tier 1: The Platinum Concierge Advising

In our most complete tier of service for composers, you will:

  • Attain expert guidance throughout the entire college admissions process with Bill and Steve, develop a clear map for overcoming the trials of college admissions, and master the procedures behind college selection and application.
  • Receive a list of up to 15 “right-fit” colleges that would fit the you best, including “safety,” “match,” and “reach” schools.
  • Learn how to master the “composition interview” with a professional college faculty composer, ensuring maximal success for the day of a your actual audition/interview into music school.
  • Submit visually outstanding scores of your own music that are not only publisher-quality in presentation, but also leagues above competitive college applications. We ensure that your scores have the proper markings and formatting to appear as professional as possible.
  • Experience a staged performance audition with a professional college faculty musician, if you choose to apply to composition programs that require an instrumental audition.
  • Gain insight into college faculty; many of the most important performers working today studied with the top professors who teach at certain schools. We will review with you the most significant names to look into for potential study.
  • Build a phenomenal resume and list of composed original works that “pops” off the page from a sea of 1000s of other competitive performance resumes.
  • Compose an outstanding essay with Steve Lipman, who, in his 40 years working at one of the most widely renowned music schools in the world, has reviewed tens of thousands of college application essays. Steve knows the do’s, don’ts, and best practices for creating an outstanding, personable, and wholly original essay.
  • Master the “Personal Statement  portion of your application. We show you exactly how to make this part of the application eloquently express your personality.
  • Polish your pre-screening recording with a professional music composition faculty member. As an applicant to a music school, you want to make sure that not only is your pre-screening recording excellent in its audio quality, but that the performances on the CD are at a high level.

Tier 2: The Gold Standard Service

In our second-highest tier of service for composers, you will:

  • Receive a list of up to 10 “right-fit” music colleges that would fit the student musician best, including “safety,” “match,” and “reach” schools.
  • Consult in one session for 2 hours with Bill and Steve. This consultation will address concerns the family has about the college application and selection process, as well as provide a clear map for overcoming the trials of college admissions.
  • Review your academic record, standardized test scores, and musical accomplishments to date, candidly learning which kinds of schools best match your interests and credentials.
  • Learn how to master the “composition interview” with a professional college faculty composer, ensuring maximal success for the day of a your actual audition/interview into music school.
  • Experience a staged performance audition with a professional college faculty musician, if you choose to apply to composition programs that require an instrumental audition.
  • Submit visually outstanding scores of your own music that are not only publisher-quality in presentation, but also leagues above competitive college applications. We ensure that your scores have the proper markings and formatting to appear as professional as possible.

Tier 3: The Silver Level Audition & Interview

In our third-highest tier of service for composers, you will:

  • Consult in one session for 2 hours with Bill and Steve. This consultation will address concerns the family has about the college application and selection process, as well as provide a clear map for overcoming the trials of college admissions.
  • Review your academic record, standardized test scores, and musical accomplishments to date, candidly learning which kinds of schools best match your interests and credentials.
  • Learn how to master the “composition interview” with a professional college faculty composer, ensuring maximal success for the day of a your actual audition/interview into music school.
  • Experience a staged performance audition with a professional college faculty musician, if you choose to apply to composition programs that require an instrumental audition.
  • Submit visually outstanding scores of your own music that are not only publisher-quality in presentation, but also leagues above competitive college applications. We ensure that your scores have the proper markings and formatting to appear as professional as possible.

 Tier 4: Fundamental Consultation

In our fundamental tier of service for composers, you will:

  • Consult in one session for 2 hours with Bill and Steve. This consultation will address concerns the family has about the college application and selection process, as well as provide a clear map for overcoming the trials of college admissions.
  • Review your academic record, standardized test scores, and musical accomplishments to date, candidly learning which kinds of schools best match your interests and credentials.

Schedule a Free Consultation Today

Steve and Bill are available to discuss with you how we can help you or the musician in your family. To schedule a free, no obligation 20-minute consultation in which you can learn more about what we can do for you, click the “Schedule a Free Consultation” button below. A form will appear upon clicking the button; simply fill out the form in its entirety. After you enter your information and click “submit”, we will contact you via email within 48 hours.

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Deluxe Services

If you are interested in receiving extra services that will not only boost the quality of your college application, but will also give you a head start on your music career, check out our page here.

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Price

College is a considerable investment of time, money, and personal endeavor for the future of you or the musician in your family.

Our service is more than just an insurance of competitive application quality; it is a commitment to discovering which college experience will be the very best for you, both in your present life and in your musically diverse future career.

We take pride in being very clear about our prices; we know that the value of finding the right college for you is, without question, priceless.

Contact us today – after we speak to you about how we can help you best achieve your college goals, you will receive an email with a personalized quote.


Ready to Take the Next Step?

If you are serious about your career as a dedicated, passionate composer who is seeking the highest level of education, don’t hesitate and wait.

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