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10 Most Affordable Colleges for Art and Music Programs

10 Most Affordable Colleges for Art and Music Programs
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When choosing the best college for arts and music programs, there are a few very important things to consider. First and foremost is the sheer cost of a creative education. This list will not only provide options that are the most affordable in the country, but they are also located in areas that are culturally rich with art and music.

1. Suffolk University New England School of Art and Design

Boston is the 11th best city for music, and the 5th best one for art. Creative students can receive a quality education for much less than other art and music schools. They can also receive their art and design education while still receiving the benefits of liberal arts and general studies courses.

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2. Brenau University

Brenau University is located just a short drive from one of the best artistic and musical centers of the south, namely Atlanta. Students will get the best in art education as well as their liberal arts courses. There are separate departments for dance, music, theater, art and design, and interior design. Special programs include Design Exhibition and Young Women’s Art.

3. CUNY- Hunter College

This college is among the top art schools in the U.S. Choose from the many programs offered, like art history, art education, studio art, film and video, electronic design and multimedia, and music and audio technology. The inexpensive tuition paired with the multitude of scholarships and fellowships makes CUNY a great option for a creative mind. Students may also receive the opportunity to complete research at Stanford.

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4. George Mason University

Only a short drive from Washington, D.C., GMU offers majors in film and video, dance, visual technology, art education, music, art management, and theater. Their Center for the Arts hosts a large performance hall that is home to many productions including theater performances, art shows, music and dance productions.

5. Appalachian State University

ASU’s College of Fine and Applied Arts include majors like art and theater, as well as more unique majors like environmental design, military science and design. Students can also make their own programs. The school is also home to many workshops, exhibitions, recitals, concerts, and exhibitions as well as their summer arts festival which is nationally recognized.

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6. Memphis College of Art

Grad students will find their campus in historic downtown, while undergraduates will find theirs in the middle of a beautiful park. The scenic surroundings provide much inspiration for this independent, yet accredited college. Each program is integrated and interdisciplinary, allowing the students to gain knowledge regarding networking, entrepreneurship, self-promotion, and communication skills.

7. University of South Florida

Unique resources, an excess of art electives, and even a doctoral program for music education, USF has four distinct schools for arts and music majors. The school boasts of two concert halls, a museum, an art gallery, three theaters, a digital media lab, and a graphics studio while putting on over 300 activities like workshops, performances, and events for students and the community.

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8. Illinois State University

With majors in graphic design, studio art, art history, music education, acting, and so much more, ISU is just a short drive from Chicago. There are several galleries located at the university, a studio for graphic artists, five ensembles that music enthusiasts may join, and a calendar that is jam packed with events relating to music and the arts.

9. University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee

UW’s Peck School of the Arts will prepare all students to excel in their art careers by preparing them for the innovative, financial, and business situations that they will encounter while on their journey. This campus offers areas of study that are unique—like dual discipline majors and a program that marries arts and technology.

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10. University of Las Vegas

Out of the bustling city and in a suburb, students are still in a wonderful region to explore all things cultural, musical, artistic, and entertaining. UNLV boasts lower than average tuition while still having facilities for students of the arts, including studios, and architectural library, performance halls, and theaters.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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