I was curious about all these jazz studies programs at universities and whether this would be for me. I am an upright and electric bass player and I absolutely love jazz, but I also like to play classical, latin, and other styles of music too. I study with a great teacher and I have the self-discipline to practice for hours a day. I play with some good players in trio/quartet situations, and I have an interest in teaching privately, and have some experience with teaching. My goal is to be a busy, working musician, and teach private students. I already have a good career that I can always fall back on and am working in it part-time right now. I have been taking music classes at a community college and, although its great taking these classes, I find this school is not for me. Its not serious or demanding enough. With instructors being late to class, many students just not very serious about music, it mostly seems like a waste of time, although I try to learn as much as I can. So, now I am thinking about going elsewhere and wondering what graduates or someone going for this degree, think of this degree, how it has helped them musically, and what they are doing after getting this degree. I realize that a degree doesn't make one a great player and doesn't get one gigs. I study and have studied with great teachers, but I am looking for some kind of community and learning/playing opportunities. So, I would like to hear from TB members who have been or are in a jazz studies degree, how it helped them musically, and what they are now doing.