Something that may seem unfamiliar to people upon entering music school is the concept of a studio. Not like a physical art or dance studio, as many non-music majors have asked me, a music studio is a collection of people who play the same instrument and often study with the same professor at their school.
Every studio varies in size and personality, but the cello studio numbers 19 people this year, and it is a studio that is admired by many. Why, you might ask? Partly because many people secretly wish they had chosen our instrument. Also, because the people in the cello studio are fantastically awesome!
What makes a good studio? First of all, the professor who leads it greatly affects the atmosphere within the studio. If you respect your teacher and who they are, both as a person and player, you can bond with your fellow studio mates over how much you love your teacher. A good studio is also characterized with having strong musicians who are passionate about what they do, but who also respect one another as musicians. If people who play the same instrument are able to bond over that similarity instead of working against one another in a form of unhealthy competition, the atmosphere of the studio is greatly affected.
In my experience, the music studio's personality is dependent on each individual's personality and excitement for playing the instrument. As you enter a music school, it is important to recognize that you are now part of a family and are just as important a member of that family as anyone else. If you have a good attitude, are caring and kind toward others, work hard, and show that you enjoy being with your studio and teacher, you will be making a significantly positive impact on the studio environment.
So as you approach this very unique environment, embrace this opportunity to develop very special relationships with people with whom you will be working very closely your whole time at school.