QUOTE(mrpolaroid123 @ Apr 2 2012, 07:12 PM)
I'm 21, about to turn 22. I have my grade 5 theory, grade 8 practical and am currently working towards my ABRSMdip ( Performance ) and would like to do the ABRSMdip in teaching.
Performance is not something I am really interested in, partly because I have never been comfortable, in the limelight, so to speak, however teaching is. I would love to be able to go away and study piano pedagogy properly at a college or something similar. Is this possible? At the age I am, I just feel I would be surrounded by young, far more talented, musicians than myself. Is it unheard of for someone in there early to mid 20's to attend a music college?
What a sad world we live in when someone as young as 20-something thinks they might be "too old" to pursue their dreams.
It is true that the top conservatoires might pass over you for someone younger, because there are far more applicant than there are places, and they reckon they that the younger someone is then the more chance they have to go on to great success in their chosen line of music. But if you want to teach more than you want to perform, then age is pretty well irrelevant, and there are plenty of colleges and conservatoires that recognize that.
There are also plenty of alternatives to studying pedagogy as part of a full-time music degree.