Music Education: Do Bad Students Really Make The Best Stars?
The history of music is littered with instances of famous artists eschewing traditional musical education, or indeed any sort of education at all, and yet still rising to stardom, but is this perception really accurate?
In his recent article on MusicThinkTank, Jon Hockley works to qualify several common negative opinions in the music industry concerning education, particularly regarding its supposed lack of value, perceived "uncoolness," and counterintuitive nature.
"Music education is more than just the certificate. It’s the friends and people you meet. The skills and bespoke tuition. The creative environment and the specialized equipment. This experience is priceless and for the poorer ambitious individuals, state funded music education can be a massive opportunity."