I don't plan on being a musician, but it's a possiblity. What should I do in college? Is it possible to take such classes if you don't dorm, and instead drive back and forth from a local college? If I don't want to be a professional, could I do small gigs, etc. alongside an unrelated career?
I'm only asking because I've recently been putting genuine effort into my trumpet playing. My director said that my sound has improved (from consistent practice). If I just stop playing after high school, I will feel as though I have wasted my time and parents' money on this trumpet. At the moment, I have no particular interest in sports or clubs, so music will probably be the only thing going for me in college application (even though I have decent grades).
In the meantime, what should I do to improve my practice routine? I do the following:
-longtones, 8 counts, crescendo/decrescendo to forte then piano, with a tuner; that's what I do for a warm-up (about 10 min total)
-hold a note for as long as I can (start on fourth space E, end at C above satff), make it sharp, back in tune, then flat, then back in tune, all at mezzo-forte; that's what I do for range-building, about 5-8 min (a graduate who played in my school's jazz band told me to do this, he does music in college)
-Play/work on spots in my music (at least 10 min)
-hold a 2nd line G out for as long I can in tune; play G-F#-F-F#-G at 50 bpm (all in staff) with a tuner; as a cool down (about 5 min)