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LJS 45: Should I Go to College For Jazz?

Welcome to episode 45 of the LJS Podcast where today we are asking the question: Should I go to college for jazz? You may be a student in college or considering going to school for jazz. Or you may be a hobbyist interested in becoming a part-time student and furthering your jazz education. Regardless, this is an important topic to cover. Listen in!

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In this episode

  1. Should I go to college for jazz? Consider the pros and cons:
  2. Consider the finances. Will you be able to pay off your loans with the amount of money you expect to make when you get out?
  3. Consider the faculty. Are you going to a school where you will get good face time with the teachers?
  4. Consider the connections. Will the college and its environment provide you with an assortment of musical opportunities?
  5. College can be a great way to build community and network with other students.
  6. Consider your learning style. Do you thrive in a structured environment, and need that for motivation? If so, a college may be a good place for you.
  7. If your goal is to make a career in music, know that the degree will not guarantee you success.
  8. What Brent and Josiah wish they would have known before going to college for jazz.

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Free Guide to learn standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way

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30 Days to Better Jazz Playing eCourse

A 30-day audio eCourse that walks you through focused, goal-oriented practicing, where you will be working on things that actually improve your jazz playing.


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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstrahttp://www.brentvaartstra.com
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."

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