Using Music to Enhance College Applications

The Music Studio Atlanta
April 4, 2023
Female music teacher playing acoustic guitar with her young teenage girl student also playing acoustic guitar during holiday recitals

As a parent, you want to do everything in your power to help your child succeed in their academic and professional pursuits. One way to give them an advantage when it comes to college admissions is by encouraging them to take music lessons and participate in performances.

Not only will they gain valuable skills and experiences, but
they can also use their musical abilities and performance experiences to add to their resume to stand out from other applicants.

Recently, one of our student's parents shared this about her daughter's experience getting accepted to the University of Georgia:
Y’all are the best! [Student] just found out she got into UGA and she is over the moon- and I know so much of her getting in was all of the cool performance opportunities you provide:   St. Angelo’s open mics, coffee shops, festivals, and Graceland!! We created a YouTube channel of her performances and submitted that as part of her application. I know that helped her to standout!! Thanks again for everything! You are such a big part of our whole family! 😘

Here are some reasons how music and music lessons can help your child's chances (and be leveraged on an admissions essay):

Musicianship demonstrates dedication and discipline

Learning an instrument or taking part in vocal training requires commitment and discipline. Consistent practice and rehearsal are necessary for improvement, and the process can be frustrating at times. However, the end result is a skill that can bring joy and fulfillment for a lifetime. College admissions officers recognize the value of dedication and discipline, and seeing that your child has taken music lessons and performed regularly shows that they have these qualities and longterm ambition.

Music fosters creativity and critical thinking

Musical activities can help develop creativity and critical thinking skills. Reading music, understanding chord progressions, and improvising require analytical and problem-solving skills. In addition, performing music requires the ability to interpret and express emotions through sound. These skills are highly transferable and can be applied to many other areas of life, including academic pursuits.

Music builds community and leadership skills

Joining a musical ensemble, such as a band or choir, provides an opportunity to build relationships with other students who share a common interest. Music groups often require collaboration, communication, and compromise to achieve a common goal, which can lead to leadership opportunities. These experiences can be powerful in shaping a student's character and preparing them for leadership roles in college and beyond.

Overall, music can make a HUGE difference in the admissions process

Music can set your child apart from other applicants. A strong performance record, music awards, and even participation in local music events can demonstrate a passion for music and a willingness to go above and beyond in pursuit of their interests. Admissions officers are looking for well-rounded students who have shown dedication, leadership, and a commitment to their community. Music can be an important factor in demonstrating these qualities.

Encouraging your child to take music lessons and perform can be a valuable investment in their future. Whether they pursue music as a career or simply continue to enjoy it as a hobby, the skills and confidence they develop and experiences they have through performance opportunities will benefit them in many areas of life. And who knows? It may garner your child a scholarship to their college of choice, or perhaps they'll be performing on a stage at Carnegie Hall or on Broadway, thanks to the foundation you helped create and nurture.

Share this post
The Music Studio Atlanta
April 4, 2023