I’ve had colleges on my mind a lot lately. Teaching at Berklee College of Music, talking to music college faculty around the country, discussing my teaching with professors… colleges have been on my mind.
Plus, my daughter is a junior in high school, so we’re looking for a college for her. She’s a good softball player; and she wants to study elementary education. So the reality of the cost of a college education is front and center in my life at the moment!
Then it struck me – people will spend from $20,000 (at a state university) to over $50,000 (at places like Juilliard and Berklee) each year (now multiply that times 4 for the 4 years needed!) to get a college degree with the hope of getting a job that pays well after they’ve graduated.
College music students learn music theory, music business, composition, music history, they work in the school studio, play recitals… all with the hope to come out of college and become successful in the music industry.
This last year, numerous college professors and faculty told me they realize their graduates are not prepared to put on a live show – that the students don’t understand performance from the stage at all! So some of these educators are starting to integrate my Live Music Method into their curriculum.
Learning the Live Music Method is like learning any other method or theory. It takes time, it takes study, and it takes an intentional effort. Time, study, and intent are needed to master playing the guitar or piano, or learning to write songs – it’s no different with learning what you need to do from the stage.
So I’ve got good new and bad news. The good news is that if you want a career, or if you want to be better from stage… you don’t have to spend $200,000 (or even $80,000) to learn my Live Music Method.
It won’t take you 4 years away at college to get this training. You can learn it in a number of ways (through our DVDs, workshops, and curriculum) at a small fraction of the cost that it takes for a 4-year college.
The bad news (maybe not bad… just reality): you still have to be intentional about learning, and it will still take time, energy, and a little bit of money to learn the Live Music Method. But you need to learn it!
Then when you’ve learned these concepts, studied the DVDs, attended a Bootcamp and other workshops, woodshedded and practiced (just like you would in a rehearsal room at college), give us a call.
A Live Music Producer will come in and help you get ready for your show or tour or showcase, and we won’t have to start from scratch! (After all, a producer in the studio doesn’t teach you how to play guitar or write songs – you’ve already spent the time, energy, and money to do that before you get into the studio with a producer.)
Learn, study, practice, apply. And these are the proper steps to learn any craft!