Posted by John on March 01, 2000 at 14:25:43:
In Reply to: Thinking of schools.... Anybody help? posted by Butch on February 11, 2000 at 10:03:38:
: Hey, I am currently attending my local community college, and I am starting to look at diiferent schools to attend. I really don't like the idea of going to a "rock" school, as I have heard BIT and Berkely called, but I am not opposed to going and looking at these schools. Any body have a suggestion of a good school for an acoustic bassist who is interested in Classical and Jazz? I might be going into performance, or K-12 teaching. Any thoughts on the Pros and Cons?
: Which one is more lucrative? Fulfilling? Challenging? Please give me some feedback.
The schools you mention shouldn't neccessarily be labeled as "Rock" schools (I'm assuming you mean Berklee College of Music in Boston)--BIT is there to teach you what you want to learn, although I'm not sure about it qualifying as an Upright school. Berklee was founded on jazz-- it's an excellent program and you get a Degree out of the process and make a lot of contacts.
Many schools offer great programs for the classical/jazz player. The problem is that you don't know what you want to go into (performance vs. teaching) and most schools with Performance reputations aren't the best ones for Music Ed. (and vice versa). I've always been happier as a performer, and a well-rounded and talented musician can make far more money as a performer than as an educator, although full-time university level professors can make some nice money (note the operative word: "can"). But it's really up to you--either aspect of music can be more fulfilling/challenging depending on what you put into it.
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