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U.S.C.'s Seven have called it quits. They called Uncle. They dropped out of the prestigious . program. It just didn't make sense anymore. So why is this not happening in EVERY MUSIC SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY? Here is Candy's list of 10 questions to ask before getting an M.M.

10. Why don't I just spend a few years in Italy?

9. Why can't I just volunteer at an opera company to get an "in".

8. Will I look any different?

7. Why do I have to teach at a university? Can't I make more money just teaching privately and starting my own reality show "Opera Moms"?

6. Do I ever want to own a house?

5. Who exactly will be at my Master's recital?

4. Can't I just send Alex Ross a youtube video of me and tell him to write a review?

3. If Steve Carell made $60K for Foxcatcher, can't I just hire him to be my acting teacher and save some money?

2. Couldn't I just hang out in Brooklyn and do the same thing?

1. What would Brian Asawa do?
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5 thoughts on “Disrupt, Default and Drop Out

  • May 23, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Beware of point 10: there are way too many companies, both Italian and not, that lure young students into pay to come or intern (or worse, pay to intern). These companies are very often poorly organized and their standards are really low, which means that in the end all you’ll gain will be a series of headaches and some how-not-to-do things memories. Unfortunately, Italy is far from being the promised Land of opera.

    • May 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      Yes, but where exactly is? Couldn’t you at least learn italian and eat well? How about Germany? BERLIN! Don’t you see that same how-not-to-do things in every music school across the country?

      • May 24, 2015 at 8:30 am

        Yes, you can certainly learn Italian and eat well. And smell the culture in the air. After all, everywhere you go in Italy you can find something to visit which date back a few centuries.
        And I’m not saying that all companies are the same. I just noticed how there’s been an increasing number of them in the past few years who lure foreign singers into a pay to sing experience with the fact that it’s Italy. Unfortunately foreigners still have this romantic idea about Italy and opera which is everything but true.
        I cannot speak about Berlin or Germany in general, I’ve never lived there.
        As far as education goes, I agree. You see the same how not to do things almost everywhere. The problem usually lies in a very superficial approach.

        • May 24, 2015 at 12:56 pm

          What you say is VERY True. People must do their research. Once you have a great voice teacher people need to just get out there and sing. The Advanced Degrees in Voice have become predatory.

          • May 25, 2015 at 6:18 am

            Oh they sure have. They treat everything like a business. Culture is culture, it should be freely accessible to everyone. Music should be given the same importance may has. More culture, more background, less chances for scams to succeed


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