I must apologise for my blog silence...
Here is why.
Today I spent the day at the conservatoire with some very talented jazz musicians, with whom I am in competition.
There are 25 places available for a three year continuous training programme, (one day a week), for the diploma of Professeur de Musique. We are 60 classical musicians, 10 jazzers, 12 musiques actuelles and 8 traditional instrumentalists... all after the same 25 places.
We have five separate days of intensive preparation before the end of January, when we take the entrance exam, and the selection will take place. We must perform, demonstrate our mastery of written music (both reading and writing it) and write a dissertation in 3 hours in answer to a question about art, education or philosophy in flowery French prose... I am allowed a dictionary, but not my beloved laptop with spellcheck and online dictionary. Remember, this is merely the entrance exam.
Have I bitten off more than I can chew? My jaw is already aching...
I will keep you posted with the details of my nervous breakdown.
12 hours ago