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My Experience Going to Music School (How It Helped and How It Didn’t)

So, because I know the audience that generally listens to this podcast, I know that a majority of you, or at least a good percentage of you have never been to a music school before, and so, you may be wondering, what was it that I missed in music school that would help me become a better jazz musician.

So, in today’s episode, what I wanna do is just talk about my experience in music school and things that it really helped me with and how I was able to improve. But I also do wanna share some things that did not help me at all,

I wanna let you all on the inside, save you the 4 1/2 years it took me to get my degree, as well as some of the lessons.

Welcome to episode 385

In this episode:
1. Being Exposed to Advanced Players

2. Music Theory

3. Repertoire

4. The gaps that music school filled

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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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