For students who want to submit an arts supplement specifically music, what sort of songs do you recommend and are hymns acceptable? Also, is it wise to submit a portfolio if you are not pursuing a major in it? E.g. music.
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Hi there! I just want to caution against submitting an arts supplement unless you're absolutely sure your skills are exceptional. This is because usually only music majors (or people planning to continue music at a high level) submit supplements. If you're good, but not as good as they are, it will actually hurt you to submit one.
Here's an article about it: https://blog.collegevine.com/should-i-submit-an-arts-supplement-the-dangers-of-submitting-supplementary-application-materials/
It also depends on the kind of schools you're applying to. If you're applying to small LACs, you could probably submit one if you plan to participate in their music groups, like choir or orchestra. If you're applying to research universities with schools of music, where people study to become professional musicians, you might not submit one.
If you decide to submit one, you could do a hymn. Anything that shows off a wide range of your musical abilities is fair game. Hope this helps, and let me know if you have more questions!
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You should submit anything you think will tell the admissions office about you. I had a friend who though of doing it as it couldn't hurt her application and instead it would show more of you as a person.
I don't have any recommendations of songs as music is not really something I'm interest in. But I would recommend looking into songs or music you made as admissions officers aren't really looking for playlists like you can put together on spotify or youtube.