Success in Music

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Adrian, Sep 26, 2004.

  1. Adrian

    Adrian New Friend

    May 24, 2004
    Is it necessary to have a university degree in music to become a successful trumpet player? Or can you get by by doing conservatory grades?
  2. ScreaminRaider

    ScreaminRaider Piano User

    Apr 22, 2004
    San Antonio, Tx
    Getting ahead in the professional music world doesn't rely on a degree. The guy with a performance degree has to play the same audition as the guy without the degree.
  3. dizforprez

    dizforprez Forte User

    Nov 2, 2003
    i believe it is hard to get the instruction( not just on the horn but all aspects of music) and ensemble experinces in any other way.
  4. TangneyK

    TangneyK Pianissimo User

    Nov 10, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    It really all depends on just what "success" means to you...

  5. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

    Oct 25, 2003
    Yee HAW!
    There is something else involved in obtaining a degree aside from the music. I've always felt that about 80% of what I learned getting my engineering degree had NOTHING to do with engineering. Rather it involved people skills, learning to live "on my own", discovering that it is fun to actually LEARN for the sake of learning, how to budget, how to shop for food, clothes, etc. (yadda yadda yadda).

    You discover some of your own personal limitations and how to accomodate them while being successful at the same time. You discover how much about life you DON'T KNOW and, hopefully, develop a thirst to find out those things. You learn to THINK FOR YOURSELF.

    Take a look at the music industry today... consider all of the "kids" with alleged "talent" who suddenly "become successful" by having someone pour money into their pockets because they are a "marketable commodity". Then look at the general longevity of their public performing "career", how poorly they manage their sudden wealth and fame. Consider how short their "relationships" last and also what proportion of them end up going down the drug road. Ask yourself "if they had been better schooled in LIFE would their own lives have turned out better for them?

    They can't manage their own affairs (financial or otherwise) simply because they haven't been taught HOW.

    Nope, with a mess of talent to "jump start" your career you might be ready for a 'short-term burn' at the top of the charts, but are you ready for what comes after that?

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