I'm going to be studying composition in the UK!
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So it's been a dream of mine for a while to actually study composition, and I'm excited to announce that I've accepted a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to start a masters degree in September! I'm really looking forward to getting more opportunities to compose for live performers and ensembles. My current university's wind band is already going to be playing a piece I wrote for them, in a concert in two weeks time. Maybe one day I can actually become professional :)

The course is also super expensive (of course), and I've started a GoFundMe to try and help a little: https://www.gofundme.com/stuarts-postgraduate-study

If anyone is able to contribute even a small amount (consider it buying me a coffee) I would really appreciate it!
Level 20 Chipist
post #81041 :: 2017.03.19 5:58pm
  cyancoloneels, Modus Ponens, shinichi, Baron Knoxburry and stewboy liēkd this
i hope ur not going into debt for this and i hope u make some sick connections there. good luck! i think you're already a great composer for what it's worth :)
Level 23 Mixist
post #81043 :: 2017.03.19 6:21pm
  stewboy liēkd this
was gonna donate a couple bucks thru paypal but apparently gofundme doesn't support that option :( you have my full support either way and i hope it all goes well !!
Level 29 Mixist
post #81044 :: 2017.03.19 6:34pm
  Doxic, Dimeback, NerdMcBoon, stewboy, TMM12, Modus Ponens, sleeparrow, Savestate and shinichi liēkd this
omg stewboy has a human body!
Yes I am actually not a timpani in real life
Level 17 Chipist
post #81052 :: 2017.03.19 8:10pm
  stewboy liēkd this
Wow rad! You're def one of my favorite botbrs so I'll def buy you a coffee :D
Level 12 Mixist
post #81071 :: 2017.03.20 5:34am :: edit 2017.03.20 5:35am
  puke7 and maxvdub liēkd this
Come to italy for your next degree! here music school (and post secondary education in general) is ridiculously cheap! :)

And obviously gratz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Level 19 Chipist
post #81077 :: 2017.03.20 7:52am
I already wish u much luck my friend
Level 26 Chipist
post #81083 :: 2017.03.20 11:24am
nice! you may need a few jumpers.
Level 22 Renderist
post #81138 :: 2017.03.21 9:18am
Try your best or do your worst! :P
But makes us proud :D
Level 10 Criticist
post #81206 :: 2017.03.22 7:04am
Amazing! Good luck!
Level 27 Renderist
post #81260 :: 2017.03.23 5:15am
  MiDoRi liēkd this
  shinichi hæitd this
I believe studying music is a bad idea. Being the grumpy old granddad I am, I do tell that to everyone. ;)

I just know plenty of people who ruined their tween years getting fixated on studying music, and earning a living as a composer. Seems to me only a small percentage of music university graduates actually end up earning a decent income from making/playing music.

Make sure you have a plan B ready, in case this doesn't work out the way you want it to.
Level 20 Chipist
post #81265 :: 2017.03.23 10:40am
  anewuser, sleeparrow, MiDoRi, VinCMG, Jangler and shinichi liēkd this
i sort of agree but on the other hand it seems just about everyone who graduates college these days has trouble finding work so fuck it yolo. that's why i emphasized making connections since that's probably more important for landing a job of this kind (and many other kinds) than actual skill
Level 9 Chipist
post #81273 :: 2017.03.23 2:23pm
  Beard, sleeparrow, Jimmyoshi, Jangler, VinCMG, tothejazz, shinichi and MiDoRi liēkd this
it's true that it doesn't work out well/as expected for an overwhelming majority, no matter the skill level. there's no belief or opinion or cynicism about it, it's just an objective fact. however, viewpoints of 'ruin' are what the mere opinions and beliefs and projections are.

bon voyage stewboy!
Level 21 Mixist
post #81280 :: 2017.03.23 6:46pm
  sleeparrow, MiDoRi and shinichi liēkd this
Yeah jeez I'm pretty sure that stewboy's not going into this with dollar signs in his eyes or anything, and understands what going to music school means at least a little bit, just let him do what makes him happy, sheesh

gl with the music! gonna try and contribute a lil bit sometime soon
Level 26 Chipist
post #81323 :: 2017.03.24 12:51am
  anewuser, Beard, sleeparrow, VinCMG, shinichi and MiDoRi liēkd this
slimeball: I understand what you mean, and I don't really have a long term plan still. However, I reckon I've got a good shot at making at least a large part of my living through music. I've already been getting professional gigs as a performer (though not many so far), and I have faith in my compositional abilities - I have a wind band piece being premiered next week, and the conductor has already strongly hinted that he reckons it might get performed by other groups (he has plenty of connections overseas himself!). I'm good at networking in weird places and finding niches, and I'm easy to work with.
Thanks for the support everyone! :)
Level 17 Chipist
post #81335 :: 2017.03.24 10:34am
  anewuser, mk7, pedipanol, sleeparrow, DBOYD, VinCMG, Savestate, Quirby64, shinichi and Post-retro liēkd this
Be sure to let us know if you get a chance to have any of your BotB music performed by a real ensemble!
Level 18 Criticist
post #81671 :: 2017.03.28 8:41pm
  anewuser and shinichi liēkd this
Overheard during my years at music school:
"I can't wait until I graduate, then I'll be able to afford rent AND food!"

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