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Mentoring and Parenting a Young Classial Singer

by Kathryn Cowdrick Swenson



Kathryn Cowdrick and son Matthew
This past year my husband Robert Swensen and I found ourselves in a rather unique position. As professors at Eastman School of Music, we were recruiting for our school—teaching and adjudicating prospective students and being interviewed by them and their parents. At the same time, we were also the teachers and parents of a young tenor who was negotiating the college search himself.

Through this process it occurred to me that some of my experiences might be of help to others. Here are some thoughts for parents and our beloved young classical singers.
 
Begin the Journey

Before you even leave the privacy of your own home, begin to investigate prospective schools. School websites provide an enormous amount of information. They can give you a broad overview of the music program and what it has to offer. High school music teachers can also be wonderful mentors, perhaps putting you in touch with former students currently majoring in music that can provide you with additional ...
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