I chose Tech because it has a very well equipped studio at the Appalachian Center for Craft for what I wanted to study which was metal smithing and jewelry design.
This art program is the only place I've ever heard of that not only encompasses metals, also has ceramics also has the luxury where all the glass works are done, and the fibers program along with an incredible woodshop. There's no place like this anywhere that I've been in the United States.
All of our classes in the School of Art, Craft and Design, have low teacher to student ratio, which means each student gets a lot of one on one attention. In addition because our class sizes in our studios are small, it helps to build a strong sense of community. Our students learn to trust each other. They build strong, lifelong friendships. As a result of the close knit community in our school.
When I auditioned here in January, I immediately felt a sense of family. They're all so kind and so helpful, and I just felt that if I came here, then I would be becoming the best musician I could be.
I visited other schools and you could tell the difference here. They care so much about getting you through, and they offer so many different opportunities and different sessions where you can definitely work to improve yourself and they're willing to work with you no matter what because they want to see you succeed because they love music just as much as they see you love it. We have so many opportunities ranging from chorale, concert choir, we have marching band, we have tuba ensembles, we have clarinet choirs. There are so many ways to get involved that you can thrive in multiple ways because they're So many opportunities for you to succeed. It's just a great atmosphere and we all love seeing each other and helping each other out as much as we can.