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OCTOBER 2021 - by Tom Stein

The Seven Best Online Music Schools

OCTOBER 2021 - by Tom Stein

College Rankings: Do They Matter?

When you are deciding which music programs to apply for, you may wonder: How important are college rankings? What about acceptance ratios? What should I pay attention to and why?

OCTOBER 2021 - by Tom Stein

Artist Endorsements and Sponsors: What Are They and How Do You Get Them?

Have you ever wondered how artists get endorsed by brands? Are you interested in getting your own endorsements or sponsorships? It’s not that hard to do, if you know how.

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What You Need to Know About Financial Aid When Starting Out

Are you getting ready to apply to colleges and universities and worried about how you will pay for it? Here’s what you need to know about financial aid as you are getting started with your application.

MAY 2021

Auditioning Tips for Singers and Musicians

I’m often asked how best to prepare for auditions. While the answer depends on the type of audition,  whether it’s for college admissions or a professional  opportunity, it pays to do all you can to prepare.

MAY 2021

Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I Started Out In Music

Note: I likely would not have listened to anyone who did tell me any of these things, but it feels good to look back and see all I have learned over the years!

APRIL 2021

Core Studies for a Music Student

In this post we will take a look at some of the major areas of study. I’ll share with you what current students are studying and what a typical course load might look like for a college music student.

APRIL 2021

A Day in the Life of a Music Student: What it's really like

Are you wondering what it would be like to study music at a top music school? A high school student recently asked me about this, causing me to reflect on my own experience and also to think about what it’s like for students enrolled in a full-time music program at a top college or university today.


In this post, I explain what it’s really like for  students starting college and what a typical day and week might look like for a college music student.


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