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Hi I applied for the BFA program in jazz performance at the city college of New York city. However as I sent too lately my taped audition, They told me I would probably not be accepted for the fall semester 2007 but I would have to wait until the spring semester. They proposed me to stay one semester on the B.A program before being transfered. I admitt I do not know in what exactly consist a B.A program in music. I don't know for example if it could be specialised in jazz music. Should I go in that program until I am transfered or should I just enter directly on the spring semester without spend my money on that program. Actually I do not live in USA so I do not want to go there and quit my current jazz school whitout to be sure I will study in an apropriate program for me. I am currently studying jazz music in a college level school since three year(It correspont approximatively to two year in college) so I do not want to be transfered in a program that is not focus on jazz music. Thank you for all the information and advice you could give me.
 

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My degree is a BA in Music, and it's the most worthless degree there is! It's designed so that if you want to go be a musicologist, you can do so, but that's about it. Save your money for the BFA or even better, a BM.
 

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Two considerations:

First, how sure are you that in the spring you'll be admitted to the BFA? If you're quite sure, then it might be worth your while to enter the BA in the fall and then transfer.

Second, look into the particular requirements of both degrees. IT IS VERY LIKELY THAT, FOR AN ENTERING FRESHMAN, THE BASIC REQUIRED COURSES IN THE TWO DEGREE PROGRAMS WILL BE VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL. When you're an entering freshman, likely you're having to take core courses that satisfy the University's requirements; specialization comes later.

So, if you enter the BA in the fall and do coursework that would be more or less identical to what you'd do in the BFA anyway, and then transfer into the BFA in the spring, you're a semester ahead of the game and have not wasted your time.

But you'd need to examine the requirements of each degree carefully.

The best thing to do is to ask these questions of a knowledgeable advisor at CUNY. There is no doubt someone there whose job it is to talk with you (or anyone else) about such issues.
 
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