Distance Learning

There is a lot of talk about what happens to schools this fall, in the face of a virus that is just not letting up. Will they open as usual? Will they stay closed, with students continuing online classes from home? Or will there be some combination of both? Alexandria schools did as well asContinue reading “Distance Learning”

College Craziness: Tentative Decision

My son accepted a spot at James Madison University last week, and paid the deposit. While I’m relieved that he has somewhere to go, it’s a shame that he had to accept an admissions offer from a school that isn’t really where he wants to be, especially since he was also accepted to his firstContinue reading “College Craziness: Tentative Decision”

And Just Like That, High School Is Over

The governor of Virginia announced today that state K-12 schools are closed for the rest of the school year. I don’t fault him for making the decision. Our schools were already closed through the end of spring break in mid-April, but anyone who thinks this global coronavirus pandemic will be over by then is, well,Continue reading “And Just Like That, High School Is Over”

Update From the Land of Social Distancing

It’s the end of the first week of The End of Life as We Know It, as we all try to adjust to our new, Coronavirus-induced reality. Everything is weird and tense and depressing, but you already know that. Virginia does not yet have a statewide order to close businesses, but many have closed anyway;Continue reading “Update From the Land of Social Distancing”

College Craziness Payoff: The First Acceptance!

After all the campus visits, applications, application fees, financial aid forms, auditions, interviews, essays, and other assorted hoops to jump through, my son has received his first college acceptance! James Madison University has offered him a spot, not just at the university, but also in the music department. We are not surprised; it was hisContinue reading “College Craziness Payoff: The First Acceptance!”

All-State Auditions

Over the weekend we drove back down to the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, for the second time this month. The first time was because my son has applied for admission there for next year and had to audition to get into the music department. He auditioned on piano, and he thinksContinue reading “All-State Auditions”

Another Weekend, Another College Visit

It was the third weekend of the month, so we had the third in our February series of weekly college, university, or conservatory interview/audition/portfolio review visits. This one was to Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. This one is in Baltimore, only an hour and a quarter’s drive from here. So we were able toContinue reading “Another Weekend, Another College Visit”

The College Admissions Process Continues….

Last weekend, for the third week in a row, we visited yet another college campus. This time, it was James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It’s not the best-known or most prestigious of the schools Jon Morgan has applied to, but it is a strong university overall, and it has an excellent music department, withContinue reading “The College Admissions Process Continues….”