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Old 01-31-2005, 10:53 AM   #1
James G.
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Hey Jimi...

Hey .. Could you tell me something about the sort of people that go to the cork school of music?
I heard alot of them are pretty "snooty"
I don't know if I would fit in with that sort of crowd
kind of daunting actually
Do you live near the city?
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Old 01-31-2005, 02:38 PM   #2
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Ah not at all! The degree course is so small, i'm friends with most people from 1st to 4th year. Of course there are the odd few cases, but nothing you won't find on any course in CIT or UCC. We know lecturers by first name, some come to the annual ball for a laugh and a few shots with us. The composition teacher here is one of the best in the country, Seamas De Barra. He has designed alot of the course, he left UCC because he found people could come out with a BMus not knowing what chord II chromatic was. They lay a great foundation here in the first 2years and then you specialise in years 3 and 4. I'm doing guitar, guitar dectet, choir, repetory studies, conducting, orchestration, musicianship, music and technology (audio tech, and the recording studio), and 20th century history this year. I'm already getting good experience with what i want to pursue on the side, recording a few recitals and doing demos for people. I might be joining in a percussion ensemble if i've time too!
Anyways, theres a good mix of people from around the country and city (northside, mahon, ballincollig, i'm from carrigaline etc.). I just get a bus pass every month and that sorts me for whatever. For example on a friday, i get the bus in for guitar, then i'm out in CIT later, so bus out and back to city, and then bus home! thats a kind of extreme example though

So what else have people been saying??
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Old 02-01-2005, 02:53 AM   #3
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nothing else just some people have doubted how I would fit in with a school of music crowd
I guess I take a small bit of getting used to
I don't like talking bull with people I don't have time for and I am pretty brash and outspoken if I believe in something
I wouldnt have much time for snobbery or down talk but I'm a nice guy if I trust you
I wated to do a full time college course there when I left school but I have no portfolio or grades so I wasn't accepted
It sounds like you travel alot
you reckon most people are o.k there anyway?
are you going to L.A?
I have an uncle from where you live many a weekend I spent round your neck of the woods when I was young
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Old 02-01-2005, 06:55 AM   #4
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If you dont want to talk to people you dont have to. just go practicing or do some project work or whatever. I love being around people and chatting about different things. i do hope to study at MI, but the only way is a good degree and to apply for a scholarship, so its nothing i can bank on. As for travelling alot, its good to broaden your horizons! i will visit LA either way in the next year or two
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Old 02-01-2005, 10:32 AM   #5
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Man I'd love to go to L.A
have to wait until my chops are in order first though
Can you imagine all the people that you admire and that is where you could meet
If you were going to M.I how long do you think it would take you before you went
it's great that you are playing two instruments
I am looking forward to the tution course in Cork I hope I get accepted Do you think that after I did that I would have a shot at doing a full time course?
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Old 02-01-2005, 12:59 PM   #6
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The point im going to MI is to improve, i won't be waiting for anything other than trying to get the money!
I asked around today and no-one seems to be aware of this course, i haven't bumped into the percussion teacher yet but where did you find out about this course? What info do you have?
As for full-time, it all depends on if a percussion teacher is willing to take on a degree student, if they dont have the resources/time even buddy rich would be turned away. but you're lucky, because there is an excellent guy doing his leaving this year and he'll apply for next september, if anyone is going to start off the percussion again its him!
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Old 02-01-2005, 01:09 PM   #7
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one of my friends heatd about it on the radio.. 96fm I think they said it starts in september and the forms to apply are out for the month of march
It's one to one tution half an hour sessions
hmm you intrique me .. who is this guy doing his leaving whos going to kick it all off?
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Old 02-02-2005, 04:02 AM   #8
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A guy called Alex Petcu-Colan, he's a very good percussionist. His dad is a great violin teacher and player. So i've no doubt he wont get refused to the degree course!!
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