Charlie Park Albright
Charlie Park Albright
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About

My clients (FirsthandIvy.com) have been accepted to and attend the best colleges, music conservatories, and 5-Year AB/MM Joint Programs in the world, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Duke, and more. I have a unique perspective unlike any other advisor in that I have also personally been accepted to, attended, and graduated from the best academic and music schools in the world...along with the 5-year AB/MM Joint Program.

I graduated Harvard College with an Economics degree (A.B.) (and did many pre-med requirements too!), a Masters of Music (M.M.) in Piano Performance from NEC, and the Artist Diploma (A.D.) in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School of Music. I was the first classical pianist in the Harvard/New England Conservatory of Music 5-Year AB/MM Joint Program, and was accepted to many other top-tier academic universities, music conservatories, and 5-Year Joint Programs, including Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, th...

Charlie helped students get into:
Harvard UniversityYale University
Stanford UniversityPrinceton University
Columbia UniversityDuke University
Northwestern UniversityUniversity of Pennsylvania
Harvard University
Yale University
Stanford University
Princeton University
Columbia University
Duke University
Northwestern University
University of Pennsylvania
Charlie helps with…
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Majors & Careers
Extracurriculars
Building a School List
Transfers
College Interviews
Waitlist & Deferral Assistance
Community College
UC Schools
Common App
Medicine
FAFSA
Art & Music Portfolios
Jobs & Internships
Highly Selective College Admissions
High School Course Selection
Standardized Tests (SAT/ACT)
College Applications & Essays
Admissions Timeline
School-Specific Supplemental Essays
Seattle and Bellevue, WA
10 years of experience
English | Korean
Harvard University – BA | Economics (A.B.) & Former Pre-Med, Harvard College; 1st Classical Pianist in Harvard/NEC 5-Year A.B./M.M. Joint Program
The New England Conservatory of Music – MA | Masters of Music (M.M.), Piano Performance
The Juilliard School – Cert | Artist Diploma (A.D.), Piano Performance (1 of 3 pianists accepted in class)
Business
Economics
Education
Music
Art
Biology
Math
First-Generation College Students
STEM
Community College
Non-Traditional Students
Transfer Students
Graduate Admissions
Medicine
Gifted and Talented Students
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)
Fun Facts
🖐
Describe yourself in five words

💼
First job
Concert Pianist

🍴
Favorite food
Korean (sam gyup sal!)

🪄
Hobbies
DIY Projects

My process

Anyone who says they know exactly how students can get into the top schools is lying or delusional. Many things, both in and out of the student's control, can play a huge role in whether they ultimately get in or not, from luck...to how well their essay is written...to even whether the school needs a particular instrument player for its orchestra. Ultimately, there are no guarantees when it comes to college admissions.

But, you can do your best to put your best self forward in your college applications. For most, this is the first time in ~18 years where students should "show off" their accomplishments. Students should show their passions. Students should show their stories. ...And I have helped many students do just that. I have helped my clients get accepted to the best academic colleges and music conservatories in the world.

College applications should be a holistic reflection of students' stories. While sometimes we do need to work on "one essay" or "how to show a particular extracurricular in the best light possible," it's important to view the application as a whole. Even when editing essays, I prefer that the students are there while I actively edit them; the back-and-forth dialogue is very beneficial to helping get students' true intentions on the paper.

I generally use one of two approaches depending on what the student and their parents prefer:

1) Long-Term Tutoring and Academic Consulting (Multi-Year, 1-2 hours per session)
I meet with students frequently, often once-a-week, over long periods of time. How long? Sometimes from early elementary school through high school. We work on everything from homework to getting them ahead of their classes. Getting to know each other over the years, I can get some ideas of how they might best craft their college applications. I can help them choose classes, extracurriculars, and more to emphasize their strengths. ...And when it comes time to apply, I'm there to help them put their best self forward in their essays and applications.

2) Short-term (<6 months) College Application Help (2+ hours per session)
I meet with a student who needs help with their college applications and/or essays. Since I don't know them well, I try to learn as much as I can about who they are as a person and what their strengths are. We work together to try to craft an application that shows their passions in a way that puts their best self forward.

Packages

10 Hours (5 sessions)

10 hours

10 hours of tutoring/academic consulting. For short-term clients (<6 months), each session will be at least 2 hours long. Sessions can be used for anything from essay review and college application help to tutoring academic subjects.
$4,250($425/hr)
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20 Hours (10 sessions)

20 hours

20 hours of tutoring/academic consulting. For short-term clients (<6 months), each session will be at least 2 hours long. Sessions can be used for anything from essay review and college application help to tutoring academic subjects.
$8,000($400/hr)
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Advising hours

College admissions advising

$450.00 / 60 min

Set a focus for each session or get help with any aspect of the admissions process.


Academic and Music School 5-Year Joint Programs

$900.00 / 120 min

Joint Programs between academic colleges and music conservatories are relatively new, but they allow for students to pursue interests in music while also something completely unrelated (business or pre-med, anyone?). I was the first classical pianist in the Harvard/NEC 5-Year AB/MM Joint Program. Let's talk about your interests, and how joint programs might be a good option.


Ivy League Applications | Let's Talk About It!

$900.00 / 120 min

Are you interested in applying to Ivy League schools? Let's talk about it! My clients have been accepted to and attend the best colleges, music conservatories, and 5-Year AB/MM Joint Programs in the world, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, Duke, and more. I have a unique perspective unlike any other advisor in that I have also personally been accepted to and attended the best academic and music schools in the world...along with the 5-year AB/MM Joint Program. I graduated Harvard College with an Economics degree (A.B.) (and did many pre-med requirements too!), a Masters of Music (M.M.) in Piano Performance from NEC, and the Artist Diploma (A.D.) in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School of Music. I was accepted to many other top-tier academic universities, music conservatories, and 5-Year Joint Programs, including Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, the Curtis Institute of Music, and more.


Let's Discuss Music School Applications

$900.00 / 120 min

Are you interested in music schools and conservatories? Do Juilliard, New England Conservatory of Music, and Curtis sound like dream schools to you? Are you interested in 5-Year Joint Programs between academic and music schools? Let's talk about you, your background, and your dreams when it comes to these institutions and a life in music. ...From a real-life concert pianist.


Live 1-on-1 College Essay Review/Discussion

$900.00 / 120 min

Want to review your college application essays and/or writing prompts? I prefer working live 1-on-1 with students rather than reviewing essays separately, because we are able to have a back-and-forth discussion and really get to the root of what the student is trying to say and show through their writing.

Essay review

Essay/Prompt Review | Please Read Description!

$900.00 + 0 cents per word
Return time
  • Standard delivery: up to 48 hours
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Description

*For essay review, please instead book "Live 1-on-1 College Essay Review/Discussion" Themed Session* I strongly recommend essays and writing prompts to be read through and reviewed together, live with the student, in normal sessions (this allows a back-and-forth to really get at what it is the student's intentions are in their writing). I don't believe that simply writing feedback is the best way to arrive at the best possible essay, which is why working together to develop a topic and talk through the writing is preferred. To work together on an essay (whether you're just starting out, polishing a finished essay, or anything in between), please book normal consulting sessions and we can work together to help make it as great as possible. If for some reason, that is not possible, this essay/prompt review option can be booked. I will review your essay or writing prompt, writing notes.

Join a quick meeting
Let’s chat
Any questions? Let’s hop on a quick call to learn more about your needs in the admissions process and how I can approach them
Join a quick meeting
Let’s chat
Any questions? Let’s hop on a quick call to learn more about your needs in the admissions process and how I can approach them
Seattle and Bellevue, WA
10 years of experience
English | Korean
Harvard University – BA | Economics (A.B.) & Former Pre-Med, Harvard College; 1st Classical Pianist in Harvard/NEC 5-Year A.B./M.M. Joint Program
The New England Conservatory of Music – MA | Masters of Music (M.M.), Piano Performance
The Juilliard School – Cert | Artist Diploma (A.D.), Piano Performance (1 of 3 pianists accepted in class)
Business
Economics
Education
Music
Art
Biology
Math
First-Generation College Students
STEM
Community College
Non-Traditional Students
Transfer Students
Graduate Admissions
Medicine
Gifted and Talented Students
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)
Fun Facts
🖐
Describe yourself in five words

💼
First job
Concert Pianist

🍴
Favorite food
Korean (sam gyup sal!)

🪄
Hobbies
DIY Projects
Tips for success
1. Prepare for your first session
Plan out the questions and topics you'd like to discuss. If you'd like to work together in the long term, discuss expectations for each other.