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One of the best attorneys I know in NY State was a graduate of Berklee, and then a well known law school ...Can play circles around most professionals out there ...yet he had to make a living ...

another friend of mine walked into berklee about 15 years ago, cme out owning the restaurant he worked at during his stay there ...

and yet another friend of mine graduated with a percussion degree from Berklee and works for NYS DoH

Get what I am driving at??
 

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What Steve said really hit home for me ... I started in Music Ed and when i got to my 3rd year of school Had to start doing observations and more Ed stuff which I really began to dislike it ... I had been many many years as a performing musician and to see what was going on out there in education really made me think this was not what I wanted to do ..I did not have the passion to put up with an orchestra of out of tune kids, or middle school kids throwing spit balls .. so i went with a major in Theory and Comp ... graduated with my Master's from a highly accredited school with a 3.75 and was hoping to land a college theory gig somewhere ... despite hundreds of applications to colleges, it never happened ...the old "who you know ' syndrome .. therefore, my working career started off first in my Uncle's construction company, made my way up to project manager for a small firm and spent 20 years of my life making damn good money in Construction management with one of the top companies in the USA .... the president of the company didn't care what my education was, my previous track record spoke for me and , as he stated it "I learned how to learn"

Only now do I realize that perhaps, if I had approached Music Education in the way my local school district, and others around me approach it, it could have been a much more rewarding career for me ... Both of the top 2 horn players in my area are currently teachers who really care for their students and who can really blow their a$$es off!! and neither went to berklee ...
 

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Agreed with Steve as well. However, I have a performance degree and have NEVER been state certified to teach anywhere I've lived, but I've been teaching at music stores, public and private schools for 26 yrs. now. You do NOT need an Ed. degree to teach. To be a band director, yes.....but to teach, no.
For what it's worth, I'll put my teaching abilities up against any music ed. person....any day of the week. I've had and have known great teachers and hideous ones as well in my life. Some of them had Ed. degrees, some didn't. There's no magical formula/piece of paper to being a good teacher or player.

John
+1 +1 +1!!!!
 
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