Re: Colleges & Universities

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Posted by Rich Laird on December 04, 2000 at 09:21:52:

In Reply to: Colleges & Universities posted by Jacob D. on December 02, 2000 at 21:56:35:

: I am wanting to major in music education in college and study double bass. I am wanting to study with a good teacher for a year or longer before attempting to audition. My question is: Do some or most schools have available, double basses, tubas, and other over sized instruments. Also, hauling a bass to school every day would not feasible with the compact automobile I own. Any feedback is appreciated.

Schools, of course, are all different and what's true at one may not be true at another. But most schools have some kind of instruments people can use...just don't expect anything really great. Most music schools also have a room where students can lock up their instruments. When I started college, I had no car at all. I kept my bass in the basement of the music school in a room that only the 'cello students and bass students had access to. I would just carry it to practice rooms, rehearsals, whatever. This is pretty typical of a lot of colleges.

My suggestion would be this: If there is a certain school you're thinking of applying to, call up the bass instructor there and tell him what you're planning to do. That person ought to be able to start giving you lessons now...let you know when a good time to move ahead with applying and auditioning, etc. and fill you in on all the logistical kind of stuff like where to get a bass, where to keep it, etc. There's no time like the present to get to know the instructor and gain the benefits of his or her help and support. If you really get going on it, they should be able to help you find a good instrument when the time comes to buy, as well.

Most bass instructors I've known (I used to be one myself) feel that it's part of their role to help students with these kinds of things.

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