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The tendancy that some young, gifted musicians have is to drop out of school.....Why? It is usually because they have somehow been made aware that their musicianship will gauranty a ticket to success, so these assumptions are believed, by the student to be true. Do you know of anyone like that? we will discuss this misconseption and see if we can influence a more positive attitude toward education.

Education is your foundation. Using the example of a house, you had better be sure that your foundation is solid because all of the beauty this house will have means absolutely nothing if it doesn't have a firm foundation......You can be sure that it will fall, that is a promise. Some people find out later in life and have to start over again, once they have gotten much older and with children of their own. it is like tearing that beautiful house down and redoing the foundation, only to have the added expense of rebuilding that home again, not to mention the increased cost of labor and materials.

There was an incredibly talented bass player I knew as a youngster. Unfortunately, he dropped out of high school, got involved in drugs and started to backslide, he got many "gigs" but it was a hustle to him, he really wanted to teach but he didn't have any credentials to do so. No one will allow you to get into the school system and teach children anything unless you have at least a degree.

He eventually burned himself out as a result of all the partying, drug use and performing all hours of the night with not much sleep. He would hang around the high school where he once attended, until the security guards would run him off. I really felt bad for him, knowing that he was not only an outstanding musician but an incredible human being, one who would give you anyhting he had. Sadly, he passed away......I was actually on the road at the time, in my hotel room getting ready for the "gig", when I recieved the bad news via phone. I had to perform like nothing happened, I cried all of that night because we lost a wonderful gift that was only guilty of being misguided.

Learn by example. I gained strength and awareness from that tragedy. It was a lesson on how to make music a principle part of my life, while at the same time, building a solid foundation that will enable me to survive, as well as help others. Education is the common thread to every endeavor you could possibly think of pursuing. If after high school, my choice was to pursue a career in music and theory education, then there is a path in that particular direction. This is what school aged youths need to be reminded of.

In conclusion, why not consider your school, your teachers who work so hard to help you along, and what about your fellow students and friends? We all want to see you prosper in your musical efforts but just remember it is always best to have your credentials but even more, it best to have the sense of accomplishment that goes along with it. Be good!


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