Fwd: Re: Solo ea

Subject: Fwd: Re: Solo ea
From: Kevin Austin (kevin.austin@videotron.ca)
Date: Sat Feb 19 2005 - 23:54:39 EST

University allowed me access to materials, ideas and people I would
not have had access to otherwise. In my first year, for $600 per year
(at that time) I had 30 weeks of access to at least two of the most
brilliant musical minds in Montreal -- one teaching composition and
one teaching theory.

Like many other people, I found about 75% of my university teachers
to be below average, but I also found brilliant minds that made all
the rest seem worth the bother. I can count my best teachers over a
period of 8 years on one hand + one finger, and I never had a class
with one of them. A great teacher was not one who taught a half dozen
dazzling lectures, but rather the ones who illuminated the path every
week for 30, 60, 90 or 120 (or more) weeks.

University also gave me access to a milieu where education and using
the mind had 'value' -- this I could obtain nowhere else. I could sit
in the library and listen to the Ring and the Mahler symphonies and
argue Brahms harmonizations with a couple of other composition

We argued Cage, Webern, Bach, psychoacoustics, emotion and meaning
and technology.

The eight years I spent getting two degrees were filled with hard
work in trying to learn about things that I didn't know existed
before I was 17, and starting to try to overcome the biases of my
background. It was another 10 to 15 years of 'unpacking' this
information that was the really interesting part. I 'groked' tonality
about 15 years I after I had finished formal study. Teaching helped
me as I found out that "To teach is to learn twice."

... and what did you learn with your degree(s) that you couldn't have
attained on your own?



>Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2005 13:05:46 -0800
>From: Eliot Handelman <eliot@generation.net>
>Subject: Re: Solo ea
>I suspect that if we study music at all it may be becauyse we wish
>to learn something about it. You drive out of driving school. What
>did you learn with your BA that you couldn't attain on your own?
>-- eliot

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