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  1. I had the worst music education . I mean, THE WORST. I learnt absolutely nothing at school. I have never played any instrument. I do not sing. I have no music qualifications at all. I am 100% self taught from knowing absolutely nothing and I am barely older than a meaningful galaxy Hitchhiker. [subtle hint as to how old I am. ] In late 2015 I got a book on basic music theory - i.e EGBDF - and I began to teach myself from scratch. I didn't know what a note was. I expected to give it up after 5 minutes. At first I couldn't make anything that sounded remotely musical. But after about 6 months - mid 2016 - I started making something that sounded musical even though it wasn't very good. I make no secret that I am deeply jealous of many people on this board who have been doing this since the age of four etc. But I have nobody in my family who plays music. But now I am close to releasing my debut album of about 45 minutes of music. I have worked like an absolute lunatic to produce that amount of music. I compose it all properly in Finale before using VST instruments in FL Studio. It makes me wonder why school failed me - it gave me limited, confusing pseudo choices that led me to giving up music when I was 13 at school because I didn't play any instrument and only people who played instruments could continue with music.The whole system was capitalism at its worst; a system of music teachers who only wanted to teach elite people while anyone else was not valued and told tacitly to give music up. I am far more inclined to believe in music education via organic, community music instead such as choirs. tribal music etc. Nobody who has ever been on these forums has had a worse music education - or rather lack of it - than I have.
  2. I am talking about getting accepted at the bachelor level (university level, higher education), not the teenage level or the kid's level. This question is very general, and I hope you can give general answers, I know every school is different, but, most seem to request certain prerequisites, usually tested with an admission exam. So, if someone wants to have a good chance of passing the admission exam, what should he know? What abilities and knowledges do they usually expect you to have to pass that test? What I am trying to find is some list of topics or subjects, along with abilities goals, so I can form a programme of autodidact study, to prepare to be accepted in a conservatory in, example, 3 or 4 years from now. Again, this is a general question, but if you only know about your local conservatory, that would be welcomed as an answer too. The more specific the better, when talking about abilities levels and topics, in example: you should be able to play this hard piece in the piano, you should know these topics of harmony, you should know these things about solfege, etcetera. Thank you very much.
  3. andy-uk

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    Hi, I did the jazz improv course at Coursera and it was very good (I got 93% ;) ) I noticed two other free courses that may be of interest : https://www.coursera.org/course/beethovensonatas and in 2014 https://www.coursera.org/course/classicalcomp These are free and there is no pressure once you have signed up to complete them, so you can browse the material etc..
  4. I've practiced composition since I was about 13 years old on my computer, but I only just took up playing an instrument seriously a few months ago. I've decided that I wanted to be a career musician and sound designer, but most of the composition programs I've seen require an audition of an instrument during admissions. I'm nearly 24 years old right now and I'm attending a community college with hopes to later transfer to a music college on a composition major. Have I just missed the boat here? I was never too interested in performing but I always made time to write. Is it impossible to be a career composer if composing is in fact the only thing you know how to do?
  5. There is something that has been bugging me for the past few months. Ever since I started attending college a year-and-a-half ago I have constantly had professors skip over pieces such as Beethoven's Fifth, Beethoven's Ninth, Pachelbel's Canon in D, etc. etc. etc. Their reasoning for this is always "We have all heard, played, and analyzed these before in high school, no point going over it again." But here's the problem, we didn't; or at least I didn't. In high school I was always told that we didn't play pieces such as that because that is what we would do in college, so we always played obscure pieces in high school, now we play obscure pieces in college because we supposedly already played all of these standards. So, is this just me going to weird schools? Has anyone else noticed this? Is it a disconnect between the school systems? Between generations? Or what?
  6. I haven't written music specifically for youth/education, but I've noticed that in that field, many composers will characterize the difficulty levels of their pieces as "grade 3," "grade 4," etc. Are there lists online with specifics for each "grade" standard? How does one quantify difficulty level when there are so many factors? (If there are ensemble-specific lists, I'm primarily interested in finding out the standards for string ensemble music -- and music for solo instrumentalists.) Thank you.
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