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#1519610 - 09/21/10 06:51 AM Should I continue onto my LMusA?
confusedperson Offline
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Registered: 09/20/10
Posts: 3
Hello everyone,
Well, I have finished my AMusA in May this year and I was thinking of doing my LMusA some time next year. My teacher and I talked about it in my lesson and she says that she highly doubts that I will be ready by then, so I am having serious thoughts about it. I am currently in year 9 and I really don't want to be juggling piano with my VCE.
My dad says that maybe I should quit, since I don't plan on having a musical career when older, even though I might want to teach a few students in the future. He thinks that I don't have a natural talent for music so in his point of view I am only wasting my time. I am really worried that I might regret it when I'm older because every adult seems to regret that they either didn't play an instrument or they quit.
So here I am, confused. There is the possibility of waiting until uni but by then I think I will have lost my technique, etc. Btw, I’ve started two LMus pieces and I do like piano, very much, it’s just that I’m not interested in pursuing it as a career.
Could you guys please give some advice as to whether I should do my Lmus, and if yes, what you think would be the best time to do it?
Thanks! smile

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#1519630 - 09/21/10 07:44 AM Re: Should I continue onto my LMusA? [Re: confusedperson]
Oz Marcus Offline
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Registered: 06/23/09
Posts: 457
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Hi Confused and welcome to piano forums!
Congratulations on getting your AMusA at your age! That is a wonderful achievement. I have been playing now for 30 years and don't have my LMus, nor do I have a career in music! But would I give up? Never!
You have already identified that you like playing the piano, so why stop?
Your dad is probably worried that music will detract you from your academic pursuits, but there is nothing further from the truth! I am a doctor now, and I continued to have lessons all through VCE (year 12) but the change I made was to use piano for relaxation at that stage rather than serious academic pursuit. I took it up again more seriously once I started at university. Don't ever think that your love of music has to be at the expense of your other academic pursuits. If your dad is giving you a hard time about it, tell him to give me a call and I will set him straight!!!
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#1520012 - 09/21/10 05:41 PM Re: Should I continue onto my LMusA? [Re: confusedperson]
dolce sfogato Offline
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As long as the Muse inspires you: go on! Learn and experience as much as you can now, absorb all the infectuous information, use all your creativity, one day it will be all petrified, you, and your inspiration, you'll be a nice, well-functioning civilian, as dead as the rest of the 'normal' world, fight against it as long time and possibility allows! Go on!!!
Longtemps, je me suis couché de bonne heure, but not anymore!

#1520180 - 09/21/10 11:00 PM Re: Should I continue onto my LMusA? [Re: confusedperson]
crystal01 Offline
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Registered: 01/10/10
Posts: 28
Loc: Sydney, Australia

That is wonderful to hear of your achievements at such a young age. I'm jealous smile I started the piano when I was about 10yrs old, played for the next 5 yrs and got to 4th grade (AMEB) then for some reason stopped playing. I am now in my mid 30's and it has only been in the last 2 years that I have picked it up seriously again, going back to lessons and continuing my grades so I can get my AMus. I kind of am kicking myself now for not persuing it when I had the chance.

Maybe doing your LMus might be a bit much for you now but you can always do it later when the time feels right. Just don't stop playing, especially if you enjoy it because the ability to play music is a true gift and always greatly received by others who watch and hear you play.

#1520232 - 09/22/10 12:48 AM Re: Should I continue onto my LMusA? [Re: confusedperson]
Carey Offline
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Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 7982
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Originally Posted By: confusedperson

My dad says that maybe I should quit, since I don't plan on having a musical career when older, even though I might want to teach a few students in the future. He thinks that I don't have a natural talent for music so in his point of view I am only wasting my time.

For those who might not be familiar with this - Australian musicians consider the AMus to be at a level of performance standard equivalent to or greater than undergraduate performance practice in a dedicated conservatoire.

Seems like you have three choices....

1) Stop taking lessons now - and focus on other things

2) Continue lessons as long as you enjoy them - and strive to be the best pianist you can be - regardless of your future career direction

3) Ditto to #2 above - but continue lessons with the intent of eventually going for the LMus - no matter how long it ultamately takes.

This is really something you need to decide for YOURSELF. It seems unlikely that someone with little "natural talent for music" would have achieved all that YOU have accomplished to date. While it may be unrealistic to assume that you'll be able to complete the LMus in a year, there's no reason why you can't continue to work toward the GOAL of completing it sometime in the future - right?? Being able to play the piano well is a gift that you can enjoy throughout your entire life. It is simply one of several skills that you will ultimately develop through your formal education. The good news is that even if you stop playing for awhile you won't lose all the technique, etc. you've developed thus far. With a little work - these things usually come back. grin
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#1520257 - 09/22/10 02:42 AM Re: Should I continue onto my LMusA? [Re: confusedperson]
david_a Offline
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Registered: 11/11/09
Posts: 2913
Originally Posted By: confusedperson
Could you guys please give some advice as to whether I should do my Lmus, and if yes, what you think would be the best time to do it?
Thanks! smile
With any major qualification, the question is: What do you want it for? NOT said in a bad or negative way at all - just as a question for you to honestly ask yourself. If you get your LMus, what's in it for you? Will finishing that work and getting that title bring you skill and ability you don't already have, increase your income, change or improve your life somehow? All that work should get you something good, or why start.

The joy of a job well done (and having the certificate to prove it) doesn't last. Don't do it just for that.

If there's a chance you may change your mind and go into music after all, then step away from the computer right now, and go practice; don't even bother reading the rest of my post. smile

Timing: if you get along well with your teacher and trust that her judgment is good, then go along with her time-line. I have been involved in the "plough through and get it done" method before. That was a bad move in every way and I still regret it.
(I'm a piano teacher.)


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