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  U.S. School of Commercial Music Bulletin 2009

The Benefits of Intensive Music Study at Home


   USSCM course materials are unique. They have been designed for eager students like yourself, who don't have the time to sit through tedious classes; who want to learn the essentials of the music crafts at home. A USSCM student wants to maximize learning, while economizing on learning time.



Unlike the courses offered by correspondence schools, USSCM courses are complete in themselves and self-paced, with optional review. Your Faculty Advisor is available on an on-call basis for motivational guidance or explanation.


Your Reward

The returns from a USSCM education are great, the rewards, priceless: expanded career opportunities, a diploma or Director's Diploma, additional income from filmscores, gigs or teaching, playing music with others, the respect of other musicians, social advantages, and hearing your music performed. Most of all, the greatest benefit of USSCM training is a wonderful sense of accomplishment and personal enrichment.

Begin at any time

   For your convenience, you may begin your USSCM studies at any time, free of the scheduling issues you'll find at residential schools.

Pacing 1
(3 hours
per day)

J.S. Bach
   Your music is important to you, but you have other commitments - work, school, friends, etc. The following is the minimum recommended schedule**
   1 hour*    ear training (preferably early AM, perhaps commuting)
   1 hour coursework (anytime during the day)
   1 hour instrument (before bedtime, so your unconscious can sleep on it ).
Schedule 1 is the minimum recommended. A student with about three hours a day to spend can complete a USSCM Program comfortably in eight months.


Pacing 2
(8 hours
per day)

   Your time is your own. You're willing to make this your job for a concentrated period, in order to acquire rewarding lifelong skills.
  AM   1 hour    solfege singing; ear training (early morning)
  3 hours coursework
  PM 1 hour keyboard (guitar) - secondary instrument
  1 hour drums (bass) - primary instrument
  1 hour play your axe with tapes; imagine it's a gig (before bed)


Pacing 3
(12 hours
per day)

   You're willing to go ALL OUT! There's nothing more important to you than being a musician. You're even willing to miss sleep when necessary. You break up your studies into 50 minute subject sessions, and switch topics often to stay fresh and keep your unconscious mind interested. An exception is playing along with recordings. You can easily spend four hours at this. You have fun, but don't waste time. You have an objective at all times. Observe schedule #2, plus:
  PM   1 hour    transcribing music from radio and records (real-time)
  1 hour technique only - primary instrument
  1 hour technique only - kbd or gtr or bass or drums (switch daily)
  1 hour memorize and solo on tunes with metronome only


Interrupting your pacing

   Our experience is that it takes around six to eight months of continuous effort to become a good musician. In this time frame, the required 'critical mass' of information, ear training and technique can be built up using innovative USSCM course materials, which will get you 'over the hump' in music learning, instill good learning habits, and condition your musical skills. For this reason, it is very important that your 8 month USSCM schedule not be interrupted. However, if you must interrupt your training for some serious reason, USSCM understands; you may resume within one year without penalty of a tuition increase, at the same microsemester level.
     * Hours are 50 minutes. with a 10 minute break to move- dance, workout, etc.
** Suggested times refer to learning time, not "getting ready to learn".
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