Oh, when were you at SC? I was there in '88-89. I was delighted that they stayed out of my way and let me focus on the drums, and to be around people serious about studying jazz, but I can't say I felt like I learned a whole lot from the program itself. I split after they halved my scholarship (thank you Bush I; or maybe I just wasn't as good as they thought I was when I applied); I sure wasn't going to pay any number of thousands to go there. Again, the people were the most valuable part of the experience. That and John Thomas screaming at me to play more cymbals ("THAT'S exciting!") during my breaks.Yeah, that was my initial gripe. People spending so much money - which is why I approached the issue the way I did. I wasn't even so concerned about how I would be treated if I ever got to one of those schools. My argument was simple: if you pay alot of money - then there better be some kind of return for your dollar. Otherwise, you really did go up to the counter to buy a Big Mac, and then threw it away before eating it. Go to Berklee (or in my case, USC) if you must, just know that it may or may not matter.
There are several musicians working here at Disneyland that went to USC - and they're just as a bitter as the guys who went to Cal State Long Beach!