At 9/14/13 09:29 PM, ZipZipper wrote:
At 9/14/13 08:32 PM, Step wrote:
As is the case with a lot of things, the secret behind music education is that you must first learn the rules, and then you can break them.I agree. Though, I think it's unfortunate that the more accessible music-making becomes, the less a formal education is required. So, I think nowadays a degree has mainly turned into a solid representation of a serious attitude and a passionate commitment.
Hmm... I wouldn't say "the less formal education is needed"... back in the 1800's you would generally attach yourself to a great composer/pianist/musician/whatever and study with them- nothing too formal. Nowadays anyone can fork out $400 for a DAW and call themselves a producer/composer, but that doesn't mean they are one. If you want to get good and win dem ladiez you need to either do the above and study with a serious and far more advanced composer/producer than you are (or watch ALL the youtube things!) or go to a school that hopefully has active, inspired, and qualified teachers. I do totally agree that a music degree is more a sign of commitment and deep interest in music, though. You can self train all you want, but when you fork over a small fortune to get a piece of paper with your name on it, it shows you'll go to whatever end to pursue music and I think that says a lot about the person who does it. Having something like that, as said earlier, is a good tool to get work. You also will most likely make some friends and contacts while at school, which can mean anything from putting together a band to getting some gigs.
While we can all discuss the merits of self-education vs. formal schooling all day ad nauseam, I think what Bosa is more trying to say is "I made it up the ladder, now who wants a hand getting out too?" There are so many extremely talented people here and I think Bosa's cause is not simply "you should go to college!" and rather more like "there is a world out there and I want to share it with you." These things- higher education/study (either alone or with help), turning your closet into a studio, changing your name to "August Rush", buying expensive VSTi's so you can sound like da big kidz- they are steps up the ladder, not necessarily towards knowledge, but certainly towards work, and at least for me, getting closer to work is a great thing.
That's just my two copper-coated coins. ;)