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Heya folks. Im gonna be going to college soon and I want to go for music/guitar performance and some music business stuff. Im a bit apprehensive...i happen to be a rock/metal/indie player who writes a lot of tunes and wants to get in a band and make it big someday. But I also want to learn more about theory and playing what have you. My big problem is this: I rarely hear of any musicians who are halfway decent/popular who have gone to music school. I know of two, John Petrucci and John Mayer, and neither graduated.

Are there any famous/successful/popular enough to make a living playing original music
musicians out there who went to music school and/or graduated?

Im really worried. Sure could use some wisdom.
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Everyone in DT i think
Paul Gilbert
Steve Vai
Joe Satriani (dont know if he went to a school but he did take lessons which upped his knowledge of theory)
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A lot of the modern metalheads and shredders went to music school. Most of Dream Theater for example. Some like Satriani and Gilbert are even qualified to teach at schools I think.
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Amanda Palmer is the first one that comes to mind.

She went to Oberlin.
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Jimmy Page? Wait.... I think he went to Art School. hmmmm.....
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No way! They're two of my favorite guitar players!
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No musician gets famous because he graduated from music school. That's not how the music industry works.

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Thats not what I meant. I just noticed the majority of famous musicians don't really formally study music in college. I just wanted to see some proof that you can study theory and music and whatever without stunting your career.
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He is the youngest person the graduated Juilard(sp) at 13 for classical guitar.

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john petrucci berklee but he dropped out. my singer was friends with him at the time.
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Thats not what I meant. I just noticed the majority of famous musicians don't really formally study music in college. I just wanted to see some proof that you can study theory and music and whatever without stunting your career.

Well...

1. You're talking exclusively about musicians who play modern and popular styles. Virtually all legendary classical musicians and most jazz musicians studied music extensively in college.

2. The reason why most pop musicians don't need formal study is because the music doesn't really require it. The music is just not all that complicated to grasp and understand. I always discourage people from "studying" rock/metal/blues because it's a waste of time and money.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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Well...

1. You're talking exclusively about musicians who play modern and popular styles. Virtually all legendary classical musicians and most jazz musicians studied music extensively in college.

2. The reason why most pop musicians don't need formal study is because the music doesn't really require it. The music is just not all that complicated to grasp and understand. I always discourage people from "studying" rock/metal/blues because it's a waste of time and money.



Well, I said I was a metal/rock player didn't I?

The only school I know of that allows you to study contemporary styles of music exclusively is Berkley, an overpriced and overrated institution. I want to study jazz, a style I not only enjoy in and of itself, it is something that I have been able to apply to my contemporary music extensively. The chord theory and harmonization I've learned from jazz has been invaluable to my singer/songwriter music, and has improved my skills as a songwriter and accompanist. But theres still a lot I can learn.
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Well, I said I was a metal/rock player didn't I?

The only school I know of that allows you to study contemporary styles of music exclusively is Berkley, an overpriced and overrated institution. I want to study jazz, a style I not only enjoy in and of itself, it is something that I have been able to apply to my contemporary music extensively. The chord theory and harmonization I've learned from jazz has been invaluable to my singer/songwriter music, and has improved my skills as a songwriter and accompanist. But theres still a lot I can learn.

I'm going to Berklee...

It's a great jazz school. I definitely wouldn't rule it out if that's what you want to study. Berklee claims to be open to new styles, but it's actually almost all jazz. That's what I'm going for, anyways. And yes, you're right. Jazz is a very applicable skill.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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I'm pretty sure Maynard from Tool went to some kind of college. Might be wrong though cause in one of the songs he says he didn't graduate from high school.
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All the dudes in the Kooks went to Brighton Institute of Modern Music
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Brendon Small (Dethklok) graduated from Berkeley, and I know John Butler dropped out of music college.
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I'm going to Berklee...

It's a great jazz school. I definitely wouldn't rule it out if that's what you want to study. Berklee claims to be open to new styles, but it's actually almost all jazz. That's what I'm going for, anyways. And yes, you're right. Jazz is a very applicable skill.



Its so expensive though. I don't think its worth it.
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Its so expensive though. I don't think its worth it.

It's what you make of it, I guess.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy, they formed Dream Theater in music school.
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