I was wondering today if anyone here, in their 40s up, has gone to some formal music school, either in jazz or classical, and what has it been like. I have my own unique learning track and didn't even start with upright until my 40s, although I played other instruments. and did not even start taking music seriously either until then. I think I keep reconsidering what being "serious" mean anyway. I've had my good share of gigs in different styles of music, but I keep going towards jazz and standards as my music of choice and classical, but I am open to many styles of music. Without being in a formal school program, I think I am missing out on the contacts I could make at a school, in-school playing opportunities, as well as being around students who are on the same kind of learning track. I get frustrated playing music with more casual players who maybe just want to jam. That's okay for many people, but I have other goals and want to work with people who want to get paying gigs going. But I am also just not nailing the auditions with the musicians I really want to play music with. I think a school could help me with some consistent playing opportunities to work out things I've been shedding. So, I am thinking of taking the plunge and just do what it takes to get more to a pro level and think school would help. Better late than never. So, has anyone had a late start and what has it been like? Would like to hear from you.