So, it's been a while since I was a regular poster here on the DB boards . Throughout my second term at school, I became increasingly less motivated regarding my program...I was staying at school partly because of the amazing friends I had made (in and out of the music program) and because I just didn't want to admit to myself that it wasn't for me. The thing is, to be honest, a full-time living as a musician is not my future. Christ. Between witnessing the competition (one thing the world is NOT lacking is young, talented jazz musicians) and knowing that I had better options for myself, I basically "checked out" of the program (giving only minimal effort by the end.) When I got home for the summer, I played more in the first month than I had for the last 2 while at school because I actually wanted to, but after May my poor DB went sadly unused until very recently partially because I had not resumed lessons with my old teacher, the quintet from last year had broken up (drummer in Ottawa, singer in Toronto) and I was really honestly reacquainting myself with my electric fretless that had gone all but unused during the school year. I've been teaching lessons 2 nights a week on electric to a few kids (14-15 years old) since early May, and I have an audition for another part-time teaching gig tomorrow at a small music school (literally the size of a house, but a nice place) very close to my new apartment that I'm moving stuff into gradually over the next couple of weeks. I picked up the DB soon after I got the call about the audition/interview and immediately started shedding technique stuff and tunes from school...like I said, it's amazing how quickly it comes back (and I can't believe I spent so much time NOT playing it now ). I'll be living in Kingston, ON, and attending Queen's University for their psychology program with plans to do grad work out in British Columbia and find my way later in life making my day gig as either a practicing psychologist, or some sort of research/law/corporate/government position in the field. A year older and many, many years wiser. Probably starting twice a month lessons again this fall, getting a band together and doing some pick-up gigs in town with some guys from the Queen's music program, and teaching 2-3 nights per week.