“I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans”.
This statement by William Blake is so profound.
With being in a conservatory, it resonates even greater. Conservatories are a system that we are a part of. While “enslaved” might seem extreme, we are indoctrinated with all the red tape that a conservatory has to offer. We have to jump through the hoops to get the degree.
Yet making an impact in music isn’t about jumping hoops. It’s about creating projects that matter.
In my time at school, I’ve found it’s the side projects, the open mics you organize and the DIY shows you perform at, where I’ve grown the most as a musician and person. Learning how to create our own systems is one of the most important things we can develop for ourselves.
Maybe that is what conservatories could teach. What if one class required you to organize a concert outside of school for a grade?