Would you do anything different if you could rechoose your career?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Thunderchicken, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. highbrass

    highbrass Pianissimo User

    Dec 31, 2005
    Honolulu, HI
    Thanks for the clarification. I was wondering if that's what you meant sometime after I hit "submit." And that's actually the route I'm thinking of going, since I already have my MLISc. I've worked part-time as a music librarian with the youth symphony as well as in the federal courts library and enjoyed both tremendously, but also did my internship at a university music library which I enjoyed a lot. So Academic Music Librarianship certification is what I'm looking at achieving next.

  2. midwestchops

    midwestchops Pianissimo User

    this is a good subject. i have mixed feelings about it though. im back in school full time after being away from my trumpet for almost 6 years. my playing is not that good because of it, and i also have a wife and 2 kids to take care of on top of it. this makes it hard and makes me wish i had made this decision out of high school (i almost did). i am now a "non-traditional" student and it seems that everyone around me has nothing to worry about but where to get drunk tonight. it is definately tough to do this with a load of responsibilities, but on the other hand, ive grown up a lot since i graduated college in 02. i dont think i would have taken things nearly as seriously back then, and for that reason, im glad that im back. i think overall it would have been best for me to take some time off after high school. i was COMPLETELY burned out on school and didnt want to deal with another 5 years of homework, so i got an associates in auto technology. now im back and done working on cars! (thank goodness, it made me angry)
  3. TheRiddler

    TheRiddler Pianissimo User

    Oct 8, 2006
    Chef, Brewmeister, or Porn Star....

    I'm still working on a way I can combine these 3 things with my trumpet playing to create what I call... THE ULTIMATE CAREER!
  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    I am not sure that I would do anything differently. I never really looked for the next step, it found me, I followed it, worked hard until the next phase "appeared". I studied trumpet in the 70s, went in the Army Band to Germany, sold electronic entertainment to the GIs here, then went to work selling Apple then IBM. I've been able to teach and freelance the whole time, have met the most fantastic people in the world (other musicians and since 2006 the musicians at TM). There have been plenty of ups and downs but that is much better than no ups or downs.
    What I can recommend is to love your neighbor as yourself - to do that you have to be able love yourself. Love and respect yourself like your neighbor- that is the key.
    Hey Riddler: who wrote: "Kunst kommt nicht von können, sondern von müssen."? That would be tough to translate into english correctly - I would try: Art doesn't originate from what you have learned, but from that which cannot be contained within.
  5. tpter1

    tpter1 Forte User

    Jan 12, 2005
    Northern New York
    Interseting. I have periods where I go through that alot. Sometimes, when I get my playing consistent and to a point I feel really good about, I listen to an orchestra play something, and say "Man...I should be doing THAT." But, I also love what I do and find it very gratifying. I love to play... don't get me wrong. I play every chance I get and intend to do so until I draw my last breath. But, I also enjoy teaching kids, too. The thought of leaving them breaks my heart. Like 40 cal said...what if's are part of life. We all make choices. What if's are based on those choices.
  6. miles71

    miles71 Mezzo Piano User

    Nov 8, 2004
    Hate to get deep but.............

    We are who we have become due to our experiences in life. Without our lives and the people we have had around us we would all have taken a different path. I am sure we all had that gig or job we should have taken, wondering what could have happened "if", but we didn't. I went through some very rough times about two or three years ago. I had to do some real soul searching and put some things in life order. I have taught for 10 years as a high school band director and took a year off and managed in a really big retail music store (that sounds like "movable darts"). I was a burnt out teacher and it wasnt fair to the students to have to put up with me. During that year of retail I had a lot of time to think and do a reality check. If I wanted to make money I should stay with this company, but I felt so empty and unrewarded. I realized I was a teacher and got back into Music Ed. I am in my second year at the new school and am in a great situation. Im not rich, but doing ok.

    This time around I am not going to let my job stop me from playing, no matter how busy I am I still have a steady group I play in and do a good amount of sub-ing with groups. My wife is the love of my life, she and our lives together are the top priority. The only thing I would have changed is I would have had a child earlier. Yeah, I could have played and was offered jobs to play professionally, but I could have been a policeman like my Dad too.

    I look back and realize I am pretty lucky. All you "youngins" out there, make good decisions, be the best person you can be, hold the title of "musician" with respect, and drink plenty of milk :-)
  7. TheRiddler

    TheRiddler Pianissimo User

    Oct 8, 2006
    Rowuk -- It was Schönberg... In context with the rest of what he was saying, it was meant as:

    Art doesn't happen because it can, but because it MUST.

    Reminds me of my days/studies in Wien.... Jeden Tag vermisse ich Wien ein bischen mehr....
  8. Siegtrmpt

    Siegtrmpt Mezzo Piano User

    Nov 21, 2005
    I'm glad to see someone here that enjoys teaching young people. It's important work that can last for generations. Good priorities.
  9. trpt2345

    trpt2345 Mezzo Forte User

    May 21, 2006
    Morelia, Mexico

    It's become a bigger and bigger part of my life the last 13, 14 years. And the VERY best thing: I have former students that now I work with as musical peers. There is no greater satisfaction, my kiddies done good. And I have to practice to be able to kick their little butts still in my dotage. Though one of them gets the better of me now, I have to admit.

    Michael McLaughlin

    The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
    Mark Twain (that can go for music too, just substitute note for word).
  10. BudBix

    BudBix Pianissimo User

    Sep 25, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    If I had it to do over I would have gotten a double major in Music Arts and Computer Science (possible at my school) or just pursued a music career and then gone back to school in something else if I needed to. With all the ensemble requirements, 1 hour ear training courses etc. I think a music degree is hard to do part time. With something like computer science you just have regular classes to take which are easier to schedule around work.

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