I know. Encouraging more screen time right now is pretty stupid, but, it's actually the perfect time to get a leg up on preparing for your college process. When else will your performance schedule provide a little extra time to do the research that will set you up for success in the future?
In an attempt to begin narrowing-down your list of potential programs, I give you the College Musical Theater Program Research Guide:
Step 1: Which Degree?
Though not an absolute answer to this question, I created a BuzzFeed quiz as a fun way to help you begin to determine which types of performing arts degrees to consider:
Step 2: Where? (or do you even care?)
Some students aren't as particular about the location of the school where they study. For others it's extremely important. Others haven't thought about this factor at all. Remember, starting your list is the key in this stage of the game. If any of the answers to the following questions help rule out schools or move them on to your list, it's worth the effort.
In state? Out of state? International?
Urban? Suburban? Rural? (and, do you know how these campus types differ?)
Close to family? Far from family?
Don't care where it is, as long as the program is great?
Are there places you wouldn't go?
Step 3: Explore Your Program Options
Don't know which schools have musical theatre programs? Look no further! Your guide has provided a comprehensive list with direct links to the school websites on my LIST OF COLLEGE PROGRAMS which can help make this daunting task a bit easier. Make sure you don't just look at schools at the top of the list. You'll need to have a wide range of options in order to learn where you fit and make this quest worth your time, money and effort.
Step 4: Knowing What to Look for and Where to Look
Most musical theatre program pages are easily accessed by typing the school name and "musical theatre" into the search bar. Look over the school's website. Read the information the program has placed on their landing page. Do the performance images or video clips resonate with you? Who teaches there? Do they offer specialized training? What's the vibe? Can you see yourself there?
Step 5: What Will I Learn?
Answering the question, "What will I learn at this school?" is an important part of the selection process and the answer isn't always the easiest to find. Visit the program website and if the curriculum isn't posted there, use the search bar on the school's site (not the browser search bar) and type in terms like: "curriculum", "academic catalog", "course bulletin" or "course catalog".
I created a video guide, accessible through the image below or this link: COLLEGE MT CURRICULUM SEARCH, to help bring some clarity to this important task.
The aforementioned steps will guide you on your first steps in the search for program options and are easily completed virtually. This "long list" can help drive your next steps of the narrowing-down process. Look for a follow-up blog post with specifics on helpful hints for creating your short list.
For more free resources, visit collegemtguide.com.