#1
would it be a smart thing to do if u really wanted to play music as a full time job, but didn't want to take a big enough risk to not go to college or anything to get a degree in college, and maybe even get a job for a year or 2 but then go off and tour and whatnot AFTER you've gotten a degree and know you can get a job somewhere? I'm only 14 and don't really know too much about colleges and jobs and all that jazz but was wondering if that could actually work. because i'm not the kind of person to diss education and drop school or anything but all i really want to do w/ my life is play music. i have no other things that i relaly enjoy or anything. so just wondering for those of u who have a bit more knowledge.

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and i wasn't really sure where to post this. might not go in the pit but w/e.
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#2
Stay in school for now. See what happens when you're a senior, if you're really good you can give music a shot. If not, go to college.
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You're only 14; you're sure to find other things you enjoy doing later on which could be pursued for a career.
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Stay in school for now. See what happens when you're a senior, if you're really good you can give music a shot. If not, go to college.



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You can get a music degree in college, so you don't have to give up one or the other. School is cool!
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it depends if you think you need the extra education, the likely answer would be that you would need to carry on learning at degree level because no one should ever stop learning. it also gives you time to experience loads of music. you seem to have an awesome archive already but you might suddenly gain an interest in ethno-jazz-fusion or sumthing like that and a university would easily be able to teach you that.

Go for the top, listen to what Steve Vai can compose, he's got a Master's degree which takes 5 or 6 years. if you dont you'll be surrounded by chart music for the rest of your life.
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dude i turn 15 in a couple of days and that's like exactly what i was planning to do.- try to make it, but go to college just in case
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If you wanna really make it, you have to take a lot of risks. I say go to college and get a degree in music production or something.
#9
It's a safe thing to do because there's still a chance you won't make it big today. And you'll have a safety net if things don't go as you wanted them to.
#10
personally I want to go to university n graduate as a Surgeon (heart or plastic) and have that as a full time job, and play music as a hobby.

(im 14 too btw)
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Stay in school for now. See what happens when you're a senior, if you're really good you can give music a shot. If not, go to college.


i never said i would drop out of school. just forget everything but playing in a band and stuff AFTER i got a degree in some easy generic feild. i'm just wondering if i would be able to drop the job afterwards and try to go for just music for a while.
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#12
well specialise in music in your education and try to find links through your teachers and course, if you want to.
but seriously i'm 16 in my 13th year and i really wanted to be a session musician, until i got to the equivalent to college i just reckon you will change your mind.
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#13
Well, I suppose having a back-up career in music that you study in college is a good idea, if you want to try and "make it" in a band. The thing is, I don't see too many Rock guitarists who are skilled in reading sheet music, ensemble playing or playing genres that colleges like more than Rock, Blues or Metal (Classical, Jazz, etc. are generally better recognized by schools). Judging by your username and avatar, before going to college for guitar, I recommend learning necessary skills, like sight-reading, music theory and genres that will help you play with more technical ability and practicality.

Classical music is great for learning to play with more practicality and technical ability. Jazz is great for learning improvisation and music theory, although a common misconception is that Classical musicians can't improvise, which is false.

If you've already learned to read sheet music (I don't mean reading, as in being able to tell what it says, I mean being able to read it quickly and sight-read), and music theory, I'd recommend college. If you haven't, I'd get started soon.

I would also heavily advise you to hire a competent teacher. Skills like sight-reading have been taught horribly up until very recently.