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    (Original post by musicman)
    Hey every1! I got my letter through from cam to read music at jesus college today, but they haven't given me a definite yes, no or pooled!! Does ne1 have ne idea why? here is the letter:

    dear X
    I am writing in accordance with the timetable outlined in the University prospectus to keep you updated about the progress of your application to Cambridge.

    At present, we are unable to give you a final decision about your application which is still under active consideration here at Jesus. We have also made your application available to other Colleges in order to maximise your chances of gaining a place at Cambridge. As a result of this you may:

    -Be offered a place here at Jesus;
    -Be offered a place at another college without further interview;
    -Be called for interview at another college;
    -Be unsuccessful in obtaining a place either in Jesus or another college.

    I am sorry that I am unable to write with more definite news at present but I shall write again shortly,

    With best wishes....


    It's really puzzling me why they haven't decided yet... could anybody help me??! I can't stand not knowing when every1 else knows either way!

    Hi

    I applied to Sidney Sussex to read Music and got the same as you - 'no decision', which I guessed meant I was pooled, since the pooling letter came with it.

    I'm wondering just how many music students there are this year? I don't know about you, but I've been on interview to other respected Music unis and hardly met ANY cambridge applicants. 3 for Selwyn, that's all. Where the hell are they all?

    How did your inteviews go and what are you doing musically?

    x
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    (Original post by 4Ed)
    That's probably because there will be some people who were rejected, who don't feel like putting their results up for others to see, or to discuss the issue.
    seems reasonable. also those pooled are still uncertain and as we know uncertain applicants can make post thousands of replies in a few days...

    gd luck evry1
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    (Original post by Musicwoman)
    Hi

    I applied to Sidney Sussex to read Music and got the same as you - 'no decision', which I guessed meant I was pooled, since the pooling letter came with it.

    I'm wondering just how many music students there are this year? I don't know about you, but I've been on interview to other respected Music unis and hardly met ANY cambridge applicants. 3 for Selwyn, that's all. Where the hell are they all?

    How did your inteviews go and what are you doing musically?

    x
    well music is a fairly small subject at cam. so is architecture and i havent met a single architect in this forum...
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    ome of my best mates applied to camb for articeture this year and got a straight rejection. I dont get it though because she comes accross really well - bubbly, always the centre of a party, does everything, straight a's, the most AMAZING artist i've ever seen! but hey i guess she must ahve had an off day in the interview.
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    (Original post by manu)
    well music is a fairly small subject at cam. so is architecture and i havent met a single architect in this forum...

    Hi

    Yeah well I can understand not finding any on this forum - I think there are only about 60 Music students all told at Cam but on interview in other places? Nearly everyone on interview at York was applying to Oxford.

    Congrats to those of you who've already got offers btw. I'm glad I've at least been pooled!!
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    oooh crazy, i remember all this with me 2 years ago, its traumatic isn't it, especially when you get your rejection letter on christmas day(!)
    its fine tho, i just thought i'd let people know that even if you are rejected it doesn't mean much, you must have been worthy of going there if you got as far as an interview
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    (Original post by manu)
    well music is a fairly small subject at cam. so is architecture and i havent met a single architect in this forum...

    My friend applied to Magdalen to do Architecture but I haven't heard how he got on yet. He told me that the ratio of applicants to places was 1:8 for architecture - at least it's only 1 : 3 for musicians!

    I bet he gets in - he's one of those 12 x A*, 4 straight As students who was Head Boy and can talk eloquently about anything to anyone! I don't really begrudge him, of course, but everyone seems to know someone like that!
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    (Original post by Musicwoman)
    My friend applied to Magdalen to do Architecture but I haven't heard how he got on yet. He told me that the ratio of applicants to places was 1:8 for architecture - at least it's only 1 : 3 for musicians!

    I bet he gets in - he's one of those 12 x A*, 4 straight As students who was Head Boy and can talk eloquently about anything to anyone! I don't really begrudge him, of course, but everyone seems to know someone like that!
    You lot have got me worried now, talking about preferred colleges when taking people from the pool.

    I went to Open Days at Kings and Trinity and liked them both but decided to apply to Sidney because I really felt comfortable there. There aren't many music students at all there and it shares a DOS with Trinity, but I emailed him to ask if I would be disadvantaged by going to a small college with few music students and he assured me I wouldn't.

    If you are right, I hope this doesn't mean my application will be a lower priority. I didn't apply there because I am a 'weak' student, just because I didn't feel so comfortable in a massive college.

    This is great for giving you things to worry about, isn't it? As if I haven't enough with A2 Maths modules coming up soon
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    (Original post by Musicwoman)
    My friend applied to Magdalen to do Architecture but I haven't heard how he got on yet. He told me that the ratio of applicants to places was 1:8 for architecture - at least it's only 1 : 3 for musicians!

    I bet he gets in - he's one of those 12 x A*, 4 straight As students who was Head Boy and can talk eloquently about anything to anyone! I don't really begrudge him, of course, but everyone seems to know someone like that!
    good for me he applied to magdalen then...

    although its not all about straight As, especially in architecture...
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    (Original post by Musicwoman)
    My friend applied to Magdalen to do Architecture but I haven't heard how he got on yet. He told me that the ratio of applicants to places was 1:8 for architecture - at least it's only 1 : 3 for musicians!

    I bet he gets in - he's one of those 12 x A*, 4 straight As students who was Head Boy and can talk eloquently about anything to anyone! I don't really begrudge him, of course, but everyone seems to know someone like that!
    btw i thought of applying for music b4 i decided to do architecture...

    maybe i shouldve tried for music coz 1 : 3 doesnt sound too bad, hehe

    i'm rubbish on music-theory anway, so i dont think i wouldve stood a chance.
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    (Original post by manu)
    btw i thought of applying for music b4 i decided to do architecture...

    maybe i shouldve tried for music coz 1 : 3 doesnt sound too bad, hehe

    i'm rubbish on music-theory anway, so i dont think i wouldve stood a chance.
    well it still means that 2 out of 3 people dont get in ...... its about that kinda ratio for maths and its still really tough.

    although would the music interview have alot of theory in it? surely it's about how passionate u are about music and how much you know about general music styles, not just what an appoggiatura or col legno means....
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    (Original post by 4Ed)
    well it still means that 2 out of 3 people dont get in ...... its about that kinda ratio for maths and its still really tough.

    although would the music interview have alot of theory in it? surely it's about how passionate u are about music and how much you know about general music styles, not just what an appoggiatura or col legno means....
    well there must be some history.

    also composing and stuff like that. i didnt do music a level, so i dont know what is expected...for architecture i do though.
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    (Original post by 4Ed)
    well it still means that 2 out of 3 people dont get in ...... its about that kinda ratio for maths and its still really tough.

    although would the music interview have alot of theory in it? surely it's about how passionate u are about music and how much you know about general music styles, not just what an appoggiatura or col legno means....

    It's mostly theory and history. It's the most academic music course in the country and excludes practical musicianship in all but one module, I think in Year 3. You have to be able to do loads of harmony and counterpoint and harmonise at the keyboard in the interview AND analyse an unseen score.

    At my interview I got a score by Ravel to talk about - and we talked about Schoenberg for quite a while too.
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    (Original post by Musicwoman)
    It's mostly theory and history. It's the most academic music course in the country and excludes practical musicianship in all but one module, I think in Year 3. You have to be able to do loads of harmony and counterpoint and harmonise at the keyboard in the interview AND analyse an unseen score.

    At my interview I got a score by Ravel to talk about - and we talked about Schoenberg for quite a while too.
    nasty. but interesting once your into it. ´

    i didnt know it was that much theory... you do have practical lessons (piano/other instrument) though, dont you?
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    (Original post by manu)
    nasty. but interesting once your into it. ´

    i didnt know it was that much theory... you do have practical lessons (piano/other instrument) though, dont you?

    I asked about that at interview because lessons at other unis mostly come as part of the package. I will be stuffed if I don't get financial help for lessons. My interviewer told me 'As long as it's legal, we'll pay for it!' Mind you, he was from Trinity so they can afford to throw their money around. I don't know how I'd get on at another college. I've applied for an instrumental award and was going to apply for a Choral Award too (Sidney is one of those that does it when you're there and not in Sept. )
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    (Original post by Musicwoman)
    It's mostly theory and history. It's the most academic music course in the country
    so is it the most highly regarded? what's the difference between going for Music at Cam as opposed to going for the Royal College of Music? do you apply to the royal college of music through ucas as well?
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    (Original post by Musicwoman)
    I asked about that at interview because lessons at other unis mostly come as part of the package. I will be stuffed if I don't get financial help for lessons. My interviewer told me 'As long as it's legal, we'll pay for it!' Mind you, he was from Trinity so they can afford to throw their money around. I don't know how I'd get on at another college. I've applied for an instrumental award and was going to apply for a Choral Award too (Sidney is one of those that does it when you're there and not in Sept. )
    so lessons arent part of the course? thats tough. friends of mien are doing music (in berlin) and they get lessons on two instruments.

    its quite funny: the german army pays for my music lessons (coz i'm in the army band) but it can happen that cambridge music students have to cover ther own costs...
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    (Original post by 4Ed)
    so is it the most highly regarded? what's the difference between going for Music at Cam as opposed to going for the Royal College of Music? do you apply to the royal college of music through ucas as well?
    I didn't say it was the most highly regarded, just the most academic, meaning the greatest proportion of history and theory over practical. There are many other highly regarded Music courses in the country: those favouring performance might prefer to apply to a music college or conservatiore, like the RCM. Other places, like York for example, gives performance high status in its degree, although you can choose, in each module, to be assessed in a variety of ways, performance being just one of them. Another is Royal Holloway which, like Cambridge, has a 5* research grade and is great academically but is also now in partnership with the RCM. If you're a good enough performer you can get a place on the partnership and have the best of both worlds.

    If I dont get into Cam I shall probably take the Royal Holloway option (and doss for the rest of the year on a 3 Bs offer!!) but I really liked the Cam course because I am the sad git who actually likes doing harmony and counterpoint!!
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    (Original post by Musicwoman)
    I am the sad git who actually likes doing harmony and counterpoint!!
    lol good for you ur well into the theory then, which cam will like, and u'll obviously benefit from the course.
    where does that take you career wise (not inc being a performer)
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    (Original post by 4Ed)
    lol good for you ur well into the theory then, which cam will like, and u'll obviously benefit from the course.
    where does that take you career wise (not inc being a performer)

    Not a bloody clue! I suspect I shall become an eccentric academic, stuffed away in some dusty attic poring over some long-lost Bach manuscript and being dragged out and dusted off once a year to interview some poor sods who fancy reading Music at Cams!! lol
 
 
 

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