Frequently Asked Questions
- I just want to study music. Why shouldn't I go to a conservatory?
- Why doesn't Sarah Lawrence require auditions to get in?
- What sort of outcome, tools or skills can I expect from my years at Sarah Lawrence?
- What sorts of careers have Sarah Lawrence music grads had?
Sarah Lawrence College has always made a serious commitment to the arts but that is grounded in the value of a well-rounded liberal arts education. In addition to rigorous training in your chosen field of study, supporting courses in philosophy, history, sciences, mathematics, visual arts, dance, theater, languages and literature will help you develop a far deeper understanding and insight in your chosen field. We find this often opens many more doors for our students than they might have considered without this broader exposure.
Because our approach to education is one of self-directed study - not competitive performance. (See the Application Process.) The education you'll receive here offers personal exploration as well as conservatory training in pure technique. Our innovative educational approach is modeled on the Oxford tutorial system, whereby each student works with an academic advisor known as a "don" to shape a course of study that is most meaningful to your interests and talents.
We believe the most profound learning takes place when your education is linked to your particular interests and capabilities. And our approach fosters the ability to take intellectual and creative risks. So you'll learn your strengths and weaknesses; develop creativity and tenacity; hone communication skills as well as polish performance skills. The better you learn how to invest your own talent and intellectual resources, the more effectively you can enter the working world knowing how to focus your talents and communicate your ideas.
They're all over the map… from classical to soundtrack composers; from philharmonic violinist to lead guitarist; from opera singer to folk singer/songwriter; from elementary school teacher to conservatory master. Their divergent paths reflect the personal perspectives gained from a liberal arts foundation in the performing arts. See Noted Alumnae/i for just a few.