Let’s talk about the colleges to which you or your student is applying…
Do you want to major in Musical Theatre or Acting? Are you applying to the “big programs”, the well- known musical theatre programs across the country?
Awesome. Where else are you applying?
Most students applying to musical theatre programs should apply to at least 15-20 programs, especially when many of these programs are highly competitive programs in the REACH category.
You may have heard the terms REACH, MATCH and SAFETY when it comes to schools. I highly encourage all students applying for musical theatre and acting programs to choose schools and programs from each category. Audition Well students follow this format.
Why? We cast a wide net so we’re not left without ANY options in April. Does mean that the programs in the MATCH and SAFETY categories are "bad programs" and you won’t get quality training? Absolutely not. This means there are more opportunities at these programs for a number of reasons. Perhaps they accept more majors or a school is in-state for you or one of the programs will be well suited for you based on grades or finances.
According to Backstage.com the University of Michigan accepts “20-22 out of over 1400 applicants” into their Musical Theatre Department and from that they will choose 600-650 from prescreens. With all auditions being virtual this year, more students will be applying to these programs than ever because they don’t have to travel, which will make the prescreen cuts even more steep.
So if you’re ONLY applying to a select number of programs that have over 1400 applicants and take 20 students, the odds of acceptance into the program are very slim.
This is not meant to crush dreams by any means. Do I think you should apply to your dreams schools, absolutely! I also think you should apply to other programs around the country that are amazing and will give you wonderful opportunities!
If you’re unsure of those programs, Audition Well can help. Audition Well students have the opportunity to participate in exclusive consortium auditions with over 30 programs from across the United States. Don't fear college auditions this year. Email me for details.
If you're preparing for college auditions, you know that most auditions will also be virtual.
The more you get into your semester, the busier you'll get with homework, projects, and ZOOM rehearsals .
Here are a few tips to stay on top of your college audition prep.
1. Carve out time each week to work on your audition material. It is VERY easy to let that take a backseat when you're so busy with everything else.
2. Break it down into "chunks". Don't feel like you have to do everything at once. Give yourself an hour 2-3 days a week. Then break that hour down...spend 30 minutes on monologue work and 30 minutes working on an application. You know yourself and know where you are in the process, if you need more time then allow it but be sure to schedule it.
3. Write down important deadlines. They will sneak up on you and your prescreens will be due before you know it.
This process is time consuming but you can do it. Please let me know how I can help you. I want to make this process as easy for parents and students as possible!