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Too old?    20:57 on Friday, May 23, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Joannietheflutis
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I'm a Flute Performance major and I'm behind in my studies. Because I was seriously ill for nearly a year, I had to leave college and now will not graduate with my Bachelor's Degree until I near 26 years of age. Is this considered too old to get a Master's Degree in the field (particularly at a conservatory)? I know this is a stupid question, but I was just curious.

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Re: Too old?    10:15 on Saturday, May 24, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

AltoOrganistFlut
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what about 32? I am highly considering going back for masters

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Re: Too old?    10:15 on Saturday, May 24, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Patrick
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first, it is not a stupid question, nor are you too old. My early post college years were very tough for me due to illness and some bad luck, but things have gone well for me, because I go by the old adage "winners never quit and quitters never win".

In all the years I have been a teacher and performer, rarely have I been asked my age, my bald spot gives that away anyway now..

Go for it, do what you love and you never have to work a day in your life...

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Re: Too old?    10:56 on Saturday, May 24, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Joannietheflutis
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Thank goodness! Thank you for the reassurance. I guess I'm just feeling a little insecure because I'm comparing myself with my friends (which of course is not always the best thing to do!)

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Re: Too old?    11:15 on Saturday, May 24, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Patrick
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I have taught a number of adult students, they always start by asking me about if they are too old to start, or pick it up again...I always tell them that the flute doesn't care what age they are.. nor does an audience, nor do they care where you went to school or what kind of flute you play...

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Re: Too old?    13:27 on Thursday, May 29, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

jose_luis
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Conservatory studies could be an issue, at least it is so here in Spain, unless you are young enough (probably less than 26) and already very, very good to apply for a vacant. It could be completely different in USA, I do not know.

But your career can be developed successfully in several other ways and for those, age is not the main aspect.

Many of us here could be considered to be "old" by a few standards, but not because of our enthusiasm and dedication to the instrument.


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Re: Too old?    14:20 on Thursday, May 29, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

JOhnlovemusic
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Two of my freinds, and an old girlfriend, recently went back for their Master degrees.

One is 35.
One is 50.
One is 45, It is her 4th masters degree.

Age is not an issue. Passion to accomplish it is.
Older students also tend to be more studious and faculty love that.



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Re: Too old?    18:47 on Thursday, May 29, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post -13 votes
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Re: Too old?    03:40 on Friday, May 30, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 4 votes

jose_luis
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Raisley is getting increasingly aggressive and stupid. His/her tools as a troller are improving.



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Re: Too old?    20:37 on Sunday, June 01, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Joannietheflutis
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Thank you all for your advice. I think the most important thing to do is focus on the "Here and Now." I should get my Bachelor's first! I'm happy when I practice and perform, and that's what matters.

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Re: Too old?    05:41 on Wednesday, June 04, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

YamahaYFL381JFK
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I have been playing the flute for about 3 years now on my Yamaha 381. I am 59 years old!!! and just bought a Yamaha 674H from Flute World!!!! This November, I am doing the ABRSM Grade 4, I hope to reach grade 6 - 8 within the next couple of years, after that, whoknows! I'll be in my 60s!!!

   

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