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Re: Re: To those who make a living off of music

On 2/15/12 10:01 PM, Gmail wrote:
Thanks man. I ask if you survived because the question popped up when my 
english teacher said he first went to college for music but said that it 
stripped all the fun out of it for him so he changed his major.
It's interesting that you say this.

I've had so many students go off to music colleges at the end of their high school experience and I've heard so many stories about how that experienced really got in the way of their
experience of the music they loved (not all, of course).

It's always occurred to me: you could save so much money if you found an accomplished musician in your area and took intensive lessons from them (2-5 a week) in a sort of musical boot camp that would give you such a much deeper and richer experience......forcing you to learn at a much higher rate. You would not end up with a degree doing this, but that degree is really only useful if you
intend to teach music in a learning institution.

I've had several students take 'bootcamp' classes from me........several a week of really intensive study. They always learn a tremendous amount in a short amount of time......and we're talking hundreds of dollars or perhaps a few thousand dollars NOT tens of thousands of dollars which is what Music College or Universities will set you back.

On top of that, you have constant feedback and personal attention for your process which is very difficult to get in a place like , say, the Berklee School of Music.

The one thing that you might miss out on in this example would be the high caliber of fellow students that you'd encounter at a place like Berklee or Julliard (or any other good musical University).

rick walker