Optional Music Tape Submissions: Will They Help or Hurt Admission Decisions?
Question: I know that a good music tape may enhance the chance of admission (e.g., at a school where there is a need for a particular instrument to fill a slot on the orchestra). However, could a music tape that is rated mediocre or worse by the music department actually harm an applicant's chances of admission?
Typically, if your application blows your own horn as a musician, but the relevant faculty members at your top-choice colleges have to hold their hands over their ears as they listen to the tape you submit, then your music â€œhookâ€ will quickly unfurl. You may be admitted for other qualities beyond you musical prowess, but if it was largely those talents that were keeping you in the running, then a mediocre or bad submission could knock you out of it.