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07/28/2020 at 05:15AM
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Do colleges like to see people who write music?

I am starting high school next month, and I have a hobby of writing songs. Will I be able to include this as an extracurricular activity in the future, and do colleges favor it?


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07/28/2020 at 12:22PM

I second Max’s answer: basically unless you have something to show for it you can’t put it down as an extracurricular. I recommend either starting a singing youtube/tiktok/instagram account, or making a blog where you post your songs. Good luck!

07/28/2020 at 05:48AM

So 2nd question first it’s not impressive unless you have a significant accomplishment in it like winning a large competition getting music published among others. But saying that it is absolutely an EC as it is a hobby. Hobby’s are ECs. Just keep in mind there are a metric ton of ECs that are more impressive than music writing.

Also one caveat is how applicable music is to you. A music major it is semi standard EC but STEM it can be a Home run or a triple play. It depends on the AO.

Also ECs at pre freshman stage aren’t impressive so look to devolop that to awards in choir for example.

Hope this helps and please comment if you need clarification. If you have a question I’d be happy to help.

07/28/2020 at 01:37PM

Okay maybe you can't list it as an EC unless you have something concrete writing songs is still really cool!! You can probably mention it somewhere else in the application, particularly the essay(s). But if it's an important part of who you are definitely include it!


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