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Do you wish you went to music school

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by lowb, Apr 29, 2002.

  1. lowb


    Jul 27, 2000
    London, UK
    Hey Guys an Girls

    I was wondering do any of you wish that you'd gone to music school. Perhaps you never had the opportunity, or couldn't afford it, or felt that you wern't good enough!?!?

    Did you opt for a "good" education, so you could earn lots, so's you could afford loads of cool gear :p

    Do any of you regret not going

    just wondering

  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I don't really regret it and if I was given the chance to relive my life I'm sure I'd do the same thing again.
    So when I was 13/14 the sort of stuff we were given to study in music was just boring as far as I was concerned!

    So I studied clarinet and hated it - I was into Heavy Metal - like Led Zep and Deep Purple and wanted to play loud, raucous stuff - which was never going to be on the curriculum! ;)

    I just got a bass and started playing with people I met - went to college and did Philosophy, which was actually more interesting to me at the time, than music theory and got to play in bands and actually have fun with music.

    Anyway - you can always go to Music school later!
    So there is a full-time Jazz course run near me in Chichester and when I retire, I fully intend to do this and make the most of it! I have met several retired people (50s-60s) who are currently doing this.

    I think this is when you really appreciate it - when I was a teenager, I didn't have the concentration or attention span required and had too many other distractions! ;)
  3. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    I'm 34. I have a BA and an MBA. I spent 11 years in the Army. Playing bass has been a great distraction for me since 1982.

    Yes, I would like to go to music school. But I'm glad I did the thing I did instead.

    Maybe soon. Definitely after I retire!
  4. b0nes83


    Dec 14, 2000
    I am 19 now and going to a music school. Music has been a big part of my life for the past 8 years. Started with Clatinet(and still play) and moved to bass for the fun stuff. The only thing about going to school for music is..It's a lot more classical music then i thought.
    I am in jazz trios, quartets and quintets and ensambles. And thats my favorite part of going here.
    Every Semester i learn 3 new instruments so that keeps me busy. i love learning how to play new things.
    I recomend going to a school for music, its something that i will never regret. peace
  5. Lipis Roman

    Lipis Roman

    Mar 5, 2002
    I really like hearing things like that.

    I still kick myself over all of the time I've wasted in my life so far. Though it did bring me to where I am today and that's a place where I couldn't be more serious about getting a solid musical education. Currently I'm dead set on seeing to it that I attend Berklee, and possibly the Boston Conservatory afterwards. I've pretty much had to restructure my entire life around this plan, it's been a royal pain to do so, lots of sacrafices, but it will all be worth it in the end.

    I have low expectations about making any great deal of money after I graduate, but for someone like myself that has very little education and practically nothing to fall back on it's quite likely that I'll be able to make more money with a degree in music than I would working any other meanial job that I'm qualified for. I just don't have the passion to push for a career in any other field, I've tried, it just ain't there.

    I'm 25 right now, I won't be ready financially until I'm 29, based on a very strict budget I've put myself on. It's sorta scary to think that I'll still be in school when I'm in my early thirties, a time when most of my peers will have solid careers set in place, a wife, a couple kids, etc..

    Different strokes I guess, it's really what I want so I gotta do it, there's really no other alternative in my mind, not one that I can live with anyway.
  6. ....and don't regret it. Music (bass/guitar/piano etc.) has always been a hobby to me. Looking back to the early 70's when I started, I don't recall ever thinking that I wanted to make a career out of it. If that were the case, I would likely have gone the "formal musica education" route. As it was, I had other interests. I'm glad I took piano lessons, and I would strongly advise the same (not necessarily piano) to anyone who is interested enough in making music as a hobby (but not committed to making a career out of it). The knowledge gained by doing so has made it easier for me to "teach" myself what I wanted to learn.
  7. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    b0nes83. Have you ever considered going to a more jazz oriented music school.. there are several out there. Just a thought..
  8. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Ellicott City, MD
    Endorsing: Spector Bass Guitars
    I went to a "techie" school (UMBC in Baltimore), but was fortunate enough to study music (and perform with) Peabody instructors. My trombone teacher (who taught @ Peabody) set me up with a brass quintet composed of Pbody students, and then later lessons, then performing w/ one of the orchestras, all while I was never even a student of the school :D

    Of course, I no longer play trombone, and I was never intending to make a career of it.. :oops:
  9. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    i don't go to a "music school" but i am a music major at the University of Wisconsin.

    do i regret it? no way. but not really from a learning standpoint as much as a connections standpoint. there are lots of great jazz musicians here, but as far as the electric bass goes i might as well not be a music major. this is more of a conservatory/classical music place for string players.

    either way - i think i'm pretty much set as far as making a career out of music. i'm in a few bands that could go places if the right person heard it. if not i've got some connections in the jazz scene that i could gig pretty steadily anyways. i think the connections are the important part - and that's why going to a school in a good gig town is VERY important.
  10. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
  11. b0nes83


    Dec 14, 2000
    yes ldiezman i have thought about that...but i want to get the education part down first and then go to a performance school...i plan on going to SUNY Purchase to study with Todd Coolman. peace
  12. beermonkey


    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    yeah, like north Texas. :)
  13. beermonkey


    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    I was very, very close to attending Berklee, and then didn't. I regret not going, although I had a good experience in the jazz department at the University of Washington while I was there (all 6 years of it...). Eventually, I may go to Berklee for a year or so, just for the chance to devote all of my time to playing again (something I miss, having a "real" job makes it unbelievably difficult to play 6-8 hours a day. :) ). The biggest part of my decision to not go to Berklee when I graduated high school was my playing, I really didn't think I was good enough... which is a stupid reason to not go to a music school; the whole point of going is to get better than you already are.
  14. lazybassass


    Jan 23, 2002
    I'm 15 years of age. And i tottally understand what you mean but bass is the only thing in my life that i want to spend time doing.(besides the other distraction in life :D ) Im still young and have a whole life ahead of me but at the moment i think for college ,Berklee is the place i want to go. if i could go to school for sumthing i love to do, and then hopefully make some sort of career out of it it would be a dream come true.
    (ive had to think about this for a career awareness class so its sort of fresh on my mind.)
  15. I wouldn't want to go to a music school or even a teacher. I started bass as something I could do myself and figure out at my own pace. It was something I could have fun with. I don't want to make it stressful or too demanding. For professional training, etc...I just don't think of music as a career for me. It seems to risky and impractical. I'll keep it as a hobby, thanks. :)
  16. b0nes83


    Dec 14, 2000
    ok..at my school this is this guy who went to Berklee for 3 years. Now he is at my school...First semester he thought he was big **** comming for there and now to SCC. but he realized quickly that he sucks...and he is out of Berklee because of the fact that he sucks....so Berklee is not going to make you a great player unless you devote all your time into practicing what you learn in Jazz Harmony/theory and what you have for lessons and ensambles. peace

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