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Degree: Music Performance, General
Graduation Year: 2015

I completed my bachelors of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2015. While I am not going on to pursue a career in the arts, I am grateful for the preparation my conservatory education has given me. At CIM, your course load is distributed between music classes, general education credits and performance classes. You are asked to manage a college students standard academic course load with the addition of hours of independent practice, rehearsals and performances. To do this successfully communication, self-discipline and organization skills that you will hone. During my four years there, I received a solid grounding in music theory and history, improved my own playing immensely, and was given opportunities to explore academic subjects that interested me at Case Western Reserve University. I learned how to study and practice efficiently and how to organize my time independently. The only complaints I could voice are that the school lacks a robust career development department and some teachers can be unnecessarily harsh in an attempt to push you to play better and practice longer hours. That said, your private teacher should be your primary consideration when choosing a conservatory. I was asked throughout my undergraduate education what my backup plan was. At the time, I had no backup plan, but I have not struggled to find career opportunities outside of the arts. I have worked for two years as a physician recruiter and will begin law school this fall. Other fields value the discipline, creativity and communication that an arts education requires, and CIM certainly fostered those skills in me.

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