to the middle part there, i have been sight reading a lot as well as trying to teach myself the clarinet. i also am looking into giving private lessons to younger students. i am taking private lessons with the best that my county has to offer and im lucky enough to have him be my band instructor as well.
As to the whole "college is a rip off" thing, i totally agree with you! it's really difficult to teach something thats more like a way of feeling and a way of life than a curriculum, and many times it's not worth the $20,000 you pay for it. i do however have one of the third best music schools in the coutry(America) on practically my backyard. so whereas the not go to college at all thing, i'm a little on the fence.
I just wanna be able to make some money doing this. You know? I can't mooch off my parents forever, and the thought of continuing throwing wood for my girlfriends uncle any longer than i have to sickens me. I have no idea where to start though.
You are not mooching off of your parents, they are your parents. There were a couple of times in my adult life when I needed them. Badly. I thank God they were there. Once from a personal crisis and down on my luck and really freakin broke, and then twice recovering from surgeries I had a mom and dad to help me through. Just try to be out of the house by the time you are 23. Thats an arbitrarily selected age.
I'm very much into learning, studying, researching, and growing, but can you imagine the arrogance of an institution to charge someone like 30 or 40 grand a year for the privilege to study music at their program? With no guaranteed job waiting for you of any kind? WOW, thats messed up. Give me a LOT of scholarships and maybe you can have the privilege of have me at your school. I learned to play music in clubs, on the road, and in my personal practice space. And when I eventually went to get my masters in music ed, I filled in a lot gaps, but I already had the sort of real world knowledge the others there couldn't touch.
Yes you should want to make money, lots of money, but not at the price most idiots are willing to pay, which is their health and happiness. How effffed up are we in this country with corporations getting record levels of productivity from people, but salaries are stagnant, jobs being offshored, profits at record levels, record salaries for the top brass, and refusing to give people proper benefits and salaries, General Electric payed NO TAXES last year, and most people get like only 2 measly weeks of vacation a year. Go to Europe and see how much happier and healthier people are, with universal healthcare, 6 weeks of vacation a year, less stress, and a much better food. We are being dumbed down and suckered by Washington and Wall St every which way, and people are seduced by materialism and create artificial needs for themselves.
Yes you should want to make lots of money, but if that means being stuck in an office tower for 18 hours a day, staring at a computer screen, wearing a suit, working with toxic people, doing something you hate, working for a big financial firm on Wall St. like me when I got out of college, then fuggetaboudit. Wow did that ever suck. I'm much happier doing something personally fulfilling, meaningful and contributing to society in my own positive way. Teaching school, private lessons, doing fun gigs, making music, going to the park, being with my family, I enjoy, often even love, everything I do, with minor exceptions. I have what i need to be happy, and the Hyundai gets me where i going just fine, and its nice, and I let the other guy worry about his precious BMW. Sure it would be great to have, but a fancy car is very low down on my priority list.
What exactly is "throwing wood" and do you hate the activity, or do you hate the GF's uncle?