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Which CSU or UC should I apply to?

its Louis again, thank you for replying to my first question! I've been looking through some more CSU colleges.
And there where two colleges that really got my attention. CSUF, and the Bole Cole Conservatory of music which I'm guessing is part of CSULB.
I was wondering if these Universities music department are any good, and if the level is maybe too high for me to get in too.

I have already applied to CSU Northridge like you advised me to, and looking into applying to UCLA even though Im not sure if they will accept me.

Thank you for all the guidance you have already given me,
Louis Deruddere


I have been playing the piano for 4 years at hamilton high school music academy. I've been practicing lots of hours a week through these years reaching level 6 out of 7 levels, playing pieces like Pavane by Maurice Ravel, and Scherzo Op.16 No.2 by Felix Hendelssohn, and Nocturne op.9 no.2 by Frederic Chopin. I have also taken AP music theory where I got a 4 out of 5 on the exam, and I'm composing my own pieces.

  1. Nicholas KingNicholas King01-22-2013

    Hello Louis,

    Of the two schools that you’ve listed, I would definitely choose CSULB over CSUF. The Bole Cole Conservatory seems more established and legitimate. I feel that it would be a better environment to work and practice in. The faculty also seems much more distinguished. I can’t say that I know any of the faculty, but the biographies seem more impressive at Long Beach. However, the level there may be a bit out of your range. I would like you to know that I say this from only the pieces that you listed in your email – I’ve never heard you play. You may thrive in a challenging environment – I don’t mean to discourage your from either school.

    If these are the two schools that you’re most interested in, I would recommend setting up a tour of the schools and lessons with prospective teachers. This will give you a chance to see what you’re really getting into – there may be one school that you resonate much more with. While you’re there – talk to the pianists practice. Ask them what they’re experience is like – what the like and dislike about the school. Ask about things that are important to you – maybe it’s the student housing, or the number of practice rooms. The students will tell you how the school really is. There’s nothing wrong with applying to 4 or 5 universities. It doesn’t matter if you go to a “good” school or not – what matters is that you’re comfortable in your environment and have the ability to work with a teacher that you like and get along with.

    Feel free to ask any other questions you may have – I’ve submitted over 13 applications for university programs over the years. Needless to say I am very familiar with the process. I am happy to lend any assistance that I can.

    Take care,


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