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“you talk about eminem being sexist/homophobic/transphobic but what about all the other blacks that do it in rap huh? checkmate blacks.” they get checked too. nobody is okaying any type of misogyny when they critique eminem specifically. eminem chose to go in to a space formed by oppressed groups as a privileged white man no different to vanilla ice that’s why he raps about it all the time in a dismissive way. when you’re in space created mainly by black and latinx ppl you’re already in a scope because every one knows you’ll be given chances even the founders of rap couldn’t receive because of their race/ethnicity/gender/sexuality/etc. and you come into the space and cause more pain? eminem as a white dude who’s rapped about the things he’s rapped about will never be necessary in this universe ever. he was never required for rap to thrive and continue and will be a marker in time and reminder of simpler times when we aint know better. a relic. and everyone latching on to him and his lyrics as talent are holding on to the same hypermasculine ideals he is. yall scared that faves like him will falter and lose the power of image they give you when you see your abuse being represented in his lyrics.

How to Choose Your School

There are a LOT of music schools out there. Like, a lot. Most public universities have a music department, as do liberal arts schools. That means that when it comes to choosing your school, you’re going to feel at least a little overwhelmed at the sheer number of options available to you. However, if you keep a couple things in mind, it will be a lot easier.

  • Remember learning is the goal, not the name. If you desperately want to go to Berklee because it’s Berklee, but you’ve never toured there or met with a teacher, you might want to back up. You’ll have access to a lot of resources and good teachers at Berklee, but resources and good teachers abound everywhere. Your goal is to find a school that fits you, and your personality, well. Not just a name that will impress people. That won’t matter if you don’t have the skills to back it up.
  • What is the school’s atmosphere like? I happen to live about twenty minutes away from one of the best conservatories in the Midwest, and it really is a gorgeous place. The problem is, it’s also very, very competitive, to the point where its graduating classes are noticeably smaller than its freshman classes. Some people thrive in environments like that - I wouldn’t. I know people who do go there, who transferred from Juliard, because Juliard is even worse when it comes to competition and in-fighting. My school, though, with its small, high-quality music program, is a place where I know people and don’t have to worry about anyone coming after me. That’s where I thrive. Find a school whose atmosphere fits you.
  • How much does it cost? Unless you receive the good scholarships, at lot of private conservatories are just out of the price-range of a lot of people without incredible, jaw-dropping amounts of student debt. I had acceptances to several schools, many of which I really did like. The problem was, I know that as a music major, I’m realistically never going to be making giant piles of money. I weighed the pros and cons of every school, and went to the one that was offering me a full ride. Did I think that it was where I’d go back as a junior in high school? It was actually pretty firmly on my ‘not in a thousand years’ list. Do I regret choosing it? Nope! I’ve met my wonderful boyfriend, my amazing best friends, and a whole pile of neat and career-advancing people, and gotten the chance to be a founder of at least two new club organizations so far. High price tags don’t mean better quality - sometimes they just mean higher prices.
  • What are your goals after college? If you’re planning on grad school, I’d really recommend going to a cheaper university. People really only care about the name of the last school you went to once you’re done, and even then it only matters if your skills back it up. If you’re planning on jumping right into the music world from your Bachelor’s, then a more costly education could be worth it for the perks of those four years. Maybe. Honestly, though, just find a place that will teach you to be the best you can possibly be, hopefully without the mountain of debt some people have.
  • What other programs does the school have? You might eventually change majors. You might even do it in the first semester you’re there. Awful thought, I know! If you go in with a major in mind, it’s almost always impossible to think of changing it - until you get there. In my freshman year alone, I can name at least three of the forty or so admitted to the music program who changed majors before Valentine’s Day, and that’s only the ones in the voice program. Make sure your school has at least one or two other good programs that you might be interested in, so you have options if you get overwhelmed, or even if you just want to learn something new!
  • Will you be okay living wherever the school is located? If your school is in Miami and you’ve lived your whole life in rural Wyoming, then you might have some problems adjusting - to the weather, if nothing else. Wanting to expand your horizons is great! But if you have a history of homesickness, maybe don’t go to the school a six hour plane ride away. If you’re MOGAI, maybe avoid the Deep South. You want to be safe, mentally and physically.

If you keep these in mind, it’ll hopefully make finding the right school for you a little bit easier!