College Prep Courses

Class Descriptions

College Prep Series I: College Planning

College Prep Series I: College Planning

This is part one of a three-part series. Take one or take all! This class is offered to high school sophomores and juniors who are interested in exploring their options while considering any type of music major for university study.

Topics Discussed:
• How do you choose a music school? (Dana and Katie’s recommendations and lists) Personal recommendations will be made.
• How do you research a school?
• Should you do a summer program? If so, which ones are the best for your interests and type of study?
• How do you start to prepare for applications and auditions?
• Audition preparation and repertoire selection
• Pre-screen recordings–when, where, and how to make them
• What are colleges looking for? (based and Dana and Katie’s research and relationships with university professors)
• Organization and time line (recommendation letters, applications, etc)
• What you should NOT do when applying and auditioning (presentations from guest faculty)
• Parent involvement (One class will include parents!)–How do you support your child?

Special guests will include: Dana V. Music alumni who are current college music majors, Liz Ryan (career expert and coach), college professors.
*To register, please contact Dana Vachharajani at

Private Family Consultations for college planning with Katie or Dana will be available outside of the class at a price of $75 per hour. Email Dana Vachharajani

College Prep Series II: Resumes & Rapport

Series IIResumes & Rapport, taught by Elizabeth Bell and Angela Miller-Niles. This fun and practical one-day workshop will provide each participant with the skills needed to have a great audition experience.  The music resume is a singer’s representative in an audition, so it has to be great. Communication skills and professional decorum are essential, especially when it comes to collaborating with a pianist. Topics include:

Resumes: Resume writing, bio and head shot guidelines

Rapport: Audition procedure, communication with the pianist, marking music, leading, attire, and more. Each participant will bring a rough draft music resume to the workshop, and will finely-tune this document into a finished product by the end of the day.  Each participant will understand how to have a successful relationship with a pianist in both audition settings and ongoing collaborations.  Singing in mock auditions will provide the opportunity to integrate instructions and learn from observing classmates.  A laptop is required for this workshop.  A limited number of laptops are available for loan during the workshop.

To register, please contact Dana Vachharajani at

Private Resume/Head Shot/Bio Consultations with Dr. Elizabeth Bell

Our resident “resume wizard”, Elizabeth Bell, is available for private consultations on resume, head shot, and bio updates.  Dr. Bell recently attended several workshops on what is currently expected for resumes, head shots, and bios in the music and theater industries, and she would love to help you update your materials to the current standards.

Resume/Head Shot Review: 45-minute private appointment, 15-minute follow-up review of updated materials

Price: $65

Resume/Head Shot/Bio Review: 60-minute private appointment, 15-minute follow-up review of updated materials

Price: $75

College Prep Series III: Audition Prep

Series III: Audition Preparation with Danielle Hermon Wood and Zach Stailey, will cover repertoire preparation, presentation, audition etiquette, and performance.  Prepare for your college auditions by working with a live accompanist each week and get feedback on technique, style, and performance.  This class will cover everything from what to wear to an audition to how to mark your music for an accompanist to how to present yourself with confidence and flair.  Don’t wait until the last minute, join this class and start preparing for your winter auditions now!


Class Schedules

NOTE: College Prep courses are not available for registration this semester.

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