Re: [LAU] OT: Electronic Music Degrees?

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To: Josh Lawrence <hardbop200@...>, <linux-audio-user@...>
Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 11:53 pm

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On Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 7:56 PM, Josh Lawrence wrote:

> minimal background: I went to college when I was 18, and in my youth

I'm going to sort of play devil's advocate here and recommend that you not
study electronic music as an undergrad.

Even though I'd advocate that you pursue just what you want to do, you might
not have to go through all the BS that comes with getting a BA in fine
arts. The graduate degree is where you'll be able to make a career for
yourself in computer music/audio and it usually comes with a (mediocre) job
teaching or doing research.

Your admission to a music program does not often depend on having required
credentials, but your "fit" with the program/advisers. So, you could do
anything you want for your undergrad, perhaps more like EECS, that won't
require as much time/effort outside of your established skills.

Full disclosure here: I'm nearly 30, and left the career academic track in
audio/acoustics to take on a job in IT. Now, it crushes my soul too, but
I'm making the best of it by building skills that I'll use in academics
(computer programming and parallel computing).

>

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On Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 7:56 PM, Josh La=
wrence <hardbo=
p200@gmail.com
> wrote:
minimal background: =A0I went to college when I was 18, and in my youth
and stupidity, wasted the opportunity. =A0I went to work in the IT field
and have done reasonably well, but the 8 - 5 corporate grind is
destroying my soul. =A0I'm now 35 and have a family.

is there such a thing as electronic music-related degrees (undergrad)
in the US? =A0or, are there composition degrees that primarily focus on
electronic methods? =A0I'm considering going back to school, and I woul=
d
like to investigate this possibility, if it exists.I'm going to sort of play devil's advocate here and recommend tha=
t you not study electronic music as an undergrad.=A0 Even though I&=
#39;d advocate that you pursue just what you want to do, you might not have=
to go through all the BS that comes with getting a BA in fine arts.=A0 The=
graduate degree is where you'll be able to make a career for yourself =
in computer music/audio and it usually comes with a (mediocre) job teaching=
or doing research.
Your admission to a music program does not often depend on having requi=
red credentials, but your "fit" with the program/advisers.=A0 So,=
you could do anything you want for your undergrad, perhaps more like EECS,=
that won't require as much time/effort outside of your established ski=
lls.
Full disclosure here:=A0 I'm nearly 30, and left the career academi=
c track in audio/acoustics to take on a job in IT.=A0 Now, it crushes my so=
ul too, but I'm making the best of it by building skills that I'll =
use in academics (computer programming and parallel computing).
=A0

sorry for the off-topic post.

thanks,

Josh

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[LAU] OT: Electronic Music Degrees?, Josh Lawrence, (Wed Jan 12, 1:56 am)
Re: [LAU] OT: Electronic Music Degrees?, Charles Henry, (Wed Jan 12, 11:53 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Electronic Music Degrees?, Kris C, (Wed Jan 12, 9:19 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Electronic Music Degrees?, michael noble, (Wed Jan 12, 7:15 am)
Re: [LAU] OT: Electronic Music Degrees?, Lorenzo Sutton, (Wed Jan 12, 8:24 am)