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College Prep for Musicians

A new book about applying to music schools


College Prep for Musicians: A Comprehensive Guide for Students, Parents, Teachers, and Counselors is a one-of-a-kind book that gives a complete picture of the process of applying to music schools. Each of the three authors - Don Greene, Annie Bosler and Kathleen Tesar - brings a different perspective and background to the subject, from top conservatory admissions experience, to years of teaching and professional performing, to Olympic coaching and audition preparation.

College Prep for Musicians decodes the complex process of choosing schools, clarifies the vocabulary around the admission process, and shows students exactly how to prepare their best audition. Young musicians will be able to follow detailed plans to get organized and to communicate with music schools and conservatories. This book provides tools, teaches habits, and demonstrates skills that students can use for the rest of their careers. College Prep for Musicians will help young musicians achieve their dreams.

'College Prep For Musicians'. © 2018 Performance Mastery Project Inc
College Prep For Musicians. © 2018 Performance Mastery Project Inc

Don Greene, a peak performance psychologist, has taught his comprehensive approach to peak performance mastery at The Juilliard School, Colburn School, New World Symphony, Los Angeles Opera Young Artists Program, Vail Ski School, Perlman Music Program, and US Olympic Training Center. During his thirty-four-year career, he has coached more than 1,000 performers to win professional auditions, and has guided countless solo performers to successful careers. Some of the performing artists with whom Greene has worked have won jobs with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Montreal Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, National Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem, to name just a few. Of the Olympic track and field athletes he worked with up until and through the 2016 Games in Rio, fourteen won medals, including five gold. He has written eight books, including Audition Success, Fight Your Fear & Win and Performance Success. In 2017 he was named a TED Educator and collaborated with musician Annie Bosler to produce the TED-Ed How to practice effectively ... for just about anything. The video went viral, receiving over twenty-five million views across Facebook and YouTube.

From left to right: Kathleen Tesar, Annie Bosler and Don Greene
From left to right: Kathleen Tesar, Annie Bosler and Don Greene

Annie Bosler currently teaches horn at Cal State University Northridge, Pepperdine University, University of California, Irvine, Pasadena City College and El Camino College. For nearly ten years, she taught at the Colburn School for Performing Arts, and also recruited the largest studio within the Winds, Brass, and Percussion Department. She has former horn students in almost every major conservatory across the country. In addition, Annie acted as the horn consultant to actress Shailene Woodley on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Previously holding the title of Colburn School Director of Wellness, Annie travels around the world lecturing about wellness for musicians. Named a TED Educator in 2017, she co-wrote How to practice effectively ... for just about anything. As a freelance horn player, she has toured with John Williams' Star Wars in Concert and with Josh Groban, and has performed on Dancing with the Stars, The Ellen Show and PBS' Live from Lincoln Center, and has shared the stage with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney on CBS' The Beatles: The Night That Changed America. She performed with Chance the Rapper at The Grammy’s, Sean Combs (P-Diddy) at The American Music Awards, and Wu-Tang Clan at Coachella. Annie holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, where she played varsity tennis, and a MM and DMA from the University of Southern California.

Kathleen Tesar has a wide range of experience as both a performer and an administrator in higher education. Currently the Associate Dean for Enrollment Management at The Juilliard School, she oversees the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid. Her responsibilities include recruiting and enrolling the incoming class each year, overseeing the prescreening and audition processes, chairing the Admissions Committee, and serving on the Scholarship Committee. Her first job after completing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music was as a violinist in the Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal in Caracas, Venezuela. Moving back to the US, she spent many years as assistant principal second violin in the Alabama Symphony. As a violin teacher, she was on the faculty of the Alabama School of Fine Arts and Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, and maintained a small private studio in Birmingham. Moving into administration, she was Director of Admissions, first at Eastern Music Festival and then at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. She worked at the Colburn School for twelve years, her last title as Associate Dean of the Conservatory, and from there went to the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music as Coordinator of the 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. In addition to these orchestral and administrative positions, she was a Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center, and spent several summers as a member of the orchestra at the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina and Italy. She earned her Master of Music degree from the Catholic University of America, and her Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. Her dissertation focused on identifying and recruiting under-represented students in pre-college classical music programs.

Further information about College Prep for Musicians: A Comprehensive Guide for Students, Parents, Teachers, and Counselors, published in 2018 by Performance Mastery Project Inc, ISBN 978-0-578-42155-1, is available here:

Posted 27 February 2019 by Keith Bramich


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