QUOTE(Pixie*Porsche @ Jun 20 2012, 09:46 PM)
QUOTE(corenfa @ Jun 20 2012, 08:16 PM)
I would also really like to work through some of the online courses at http://ocw.mit.edu
- I get drunk on knowledge. I know, I know, I'm a swot.
I wish I hadn't clicked on that link! I will now spend all night browsing
So *ahem* nobody wants to know about OU Openlearn then? Small free online extracts from OU courses. You can lose weeks in there.
Yeah, it's usually money which lets me down on following up my dreams. I actually put my head seriously down and prepared a whole piano exam syllabus last year (which is quite something, usually I get as far as buying the book and sometimes the CD before deciding I will never be able to do it) but found out I had misread the fees table and the grade I wanted to take was going to be vastly more expensive than I could justify for a certificate telling me I could play what I knew I could play. Diplomas tend to go the same direction, but I feel at least by preparing for them and knowing that I could
do them it makes me do something
. Particularly, I am way more likely to play some modern music if I have to prepare it for a reason, otherwise I don't get much further forward than middle era Beethoven. I don't end up doing them for reasons of finance, difficult dates and also wondering if there is a point. Is there much to be gained from doing it? Who, except me, would ever care? Particularly with the performance dip, I'd love to be excused from doing the A diploma as the L allows you to have 1/3 of your program in a specialist subject, orchestral excerpts or ensemble. That's what I like to do, I simply hate playing alone, so although I want to demonstrate an ability to that level,
I don't want to be compelled to play solo repertoire. I just find that nothing cries out to me do this, do this, definitely do this, so the money is never found. I reckon if I sit ready to do it then if I find an amazing opportunity which I can enter only if I have a diploma then I can quickly bring everything together and do one.