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As an International StudentQuite Bright
As an International Student MSM is no place for you, Administration and Student Account Office are your enemy, they will try to take advantage of you on every turn. Don't expect any service, not even basic human decency. Faculty is great, administration the worst....
4th Year Female -- Class 1920
Education Quality: A, Individual Value: F
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MSM has been a great experience for me.Super BrilliantMusic - Composition/Theory
MSM has been a great experience for me. It has one of the best composition programs worldwide - with expert professors and many performance opportunities for student works. The Theory Core Curriculum for composers was very focused and comprehensive. In addition, there's an array of electives that helped me improve as a musician and as a person.
4th Year Female -- Class 2016
Education Quality: A+, Extracurricular Activities: C+
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The activities that take place at MSM areSuper BrilliantMusic - Composition/Theory
The activities that take place at MSM are completely antithetical to what the mission of a real conservatory should be. The socioeconomic stratification is huge - the school is dominated by the princes and princesses of the ruling elite from countries like China and Korea with a smaller number of Americans who hail from families with modest incomes. The language barrier within the student body has been exacerbated by the school's degrading standards for acceptance; I have had experiences where the most profound discussions involves a mere "Hello, good morning" and nothing more. Needless to say, the absence of a true lingua franca in the school community has had severe repercussions on the quality of classroom education and professional collaboration.

Like nearly every single classical music organization in the country, MSM has demonstrated nothing but poor fiscal foresight and monetary irresponsibility. Tuition increased by a nominal rate of 12.8% for the 2015-2016 fiscal year and I would not be surprised if it continues to skyrocket in subsequent years to come. The administration claims this was necessary for growing the scholarship fund and generating capital for plant renovations, but anyone with an ounce of deductive reasoning can determine for themselves that this move was motivated by pure greed and a total lack of understanding of basic business and economic principles.

In terms of the general intellectual milieu, it can be said without exaggeration that there is none. Students are generally more concerned with their fickle and puerile love lives than actually procuring employment. The state of total delusion that these students are in is completely demoralizing and can suck you in if you are not mindful and willful enough. The student council primarily functions as a ragtag band of sycophants loyal to the administration for no apparent good reason. What few students there are who actually possess some kind of intellectual aptitude are ostracized by the largely anti-intellectual student body.My advice: if you still choose to attend MSM, stick with the professors you like (the one good thing about this place), have a close circle of friends, and weather it out together. The wiser approach is to transfer out and either pursue music at a university or liberal arts college, or change majors altogether. As the classical music industry continues to contract, the quality of life for musicians will diminish until it gets to the point where no amount of love for the music is worth opportunity cost of a healthy and fulfilling life.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2017
Faculty Accessibility: B+, Useful Schoolwork: F
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