Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I have decided not to go to school.

I gave it very serious consideration, but it came down to the fact that this particular program is not going to offer me enough to make up for its inconvenience. Travel time alone from where I live to the school would be a minimum of 40 minutes each way, more if I took public transportation, so one and a half to two hours, two or three times a week, which adds up -- and it's time I could put to better use. Plus the three hours a week of orchestra rehearsal, which was not something I had envisioned originally.

And then the other thing I realized is that I don't want to be that regimented. I've been there, done that, got the degrees. What I want to do is play the piano, and that's something I don't need a school to do. I still think a teacher is a good idea, but even without a teacher I believe I've done pretty well.

I also have other interests and want to feel free to follow and enjoy them.

I started investigating this thinking that I needed to challenge myself, but I'm actually pretty challenged now (!), and there are many other ways and paths I could use for this that won't lock me into something that's not exactly what I want.

So, fresher ideas to come . . . stay tuned.


Anonymous said...

"I still think a teacher is a good idea, but even without a teacher I believe I've done pretty well."

I think you have done more than "pretty well." You are a terrific pianist.

a little sewing on the side said...

fascinating. I also have a degree in music.
Your profile could have been written by me; I "gave up" the dream when I admitted to myself that I was putting more into it that I was getting out of it. Still, the tug of war between music and other things in life has been a lifelong dynamic for me.
Thanks for posting on my blog so I could come over and read yours.

a little sewing on the side said...

I should have said, "PART OF" your profile could have been written by me. I studied violin, then other stringed instruments and made my way back to vioin in recent years. To earn a living, I went into accounting (not publishing) and hated it. Now I am in IT and I enjoy that much better.
Your blog is really interesting reading.

Harriet said...

a little sewing ... that's interesting! I think there are a lot of us recovering musicians out here. Do you play in a group? Thanks for commenting on my blog.