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Another Bay Area institution ruined by a greedy buyout with no intention of continuing the quality, but attempting to turn it into another diploma factory for directionless kids parents don't know way else to do with it. It is heartbreaking. I hardly had friends graduate and teach here back when it meant something. Now they want to cut staff pay while demanding paper credentials, insuring only those who aren't employable anywhere else in their degreed fields will be drawn to the new positions. Last people I know who looked at attending here confirmed their equipment is out of date and looked to have no plans of fixing that. You can't be worth crap in the tech capital if the equipment you learn to use is out of date.
THAT SCHOOL WAS SOOOO MUCH BETTER WHEN GARY PLATT AND PETER LAANEN WERE IN CHARGE !!!! SUCH A SHAME !!!
THE NEW OWNERS WENT AND RUINED THAT PLACE.
SOO BLESSED THAT I GOT TO EXPERIENCE EXPRESSION IN IT'S GOLDEN YEARS!!!!
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There are a lot of people still working hard to retain the good parts of Ex'pression. It's a shame the author didn't mention that or make any effort to talk to any staff or faculty still there.
I guess negativity is just more interesting.
First thing- Ex'pression didn't lose their accreditation. I don't think they ever lost Cal Grant funding either, but they may have temporarily lost another type of funding several years ago. Do better research.
Second thing- Kind of a bottom-feedery comment, Matt. Pyramind doesn't offer degrees. While I'm sure it's a perfectly nice certificate program, it's still nearly $33,000 for a 1 year program that crams a bunch of information into a relatively small time period and doesn't give students a degree. It looks like a decent overview of a few audio-related topics, but doesn't offer the in-depth curriculum or option to enroll in multiple other degree programs that Ex'pression does. SAE could be considered a competitor, but even accounting for the turbulence of the last couple years, Pyramind isn't quite on the same level as Ex'pression. If there has been any issue with relations between the two schools it's because Ex'pression puts out well-rounded graduates with actual degrees.
Ex'pression is still here offering a good education. This is a one-sided article. I'd have more respect for the author if an attempt was made to get more than just the most negative, and in some cases inaccurate, information possible.
Disclaimer - I am part owner and Chief Academic Officer at Pyramind Training, an alternative Music Production School to Ex'pression College and SAE.
This article saddens me for both the students who now have to deal with the decline in their education due to internal changes but also the teachers, who've dedicated their time and talents to sharing our wonderful craft with the next generation.
I will refrain from commentary about either Ex'pression or SAE as competitors - we've never had anything but good relations with these Institutions and I will not disparage them during a time of change.
Having now seen 3 audio schools open and close in the Bay Area since 1999, I know the chaos that comes with schools changing hands (and in some cases, closing doors). If you're looking for advice as to what to do next - whether a student or instructor - feel free to reach out to me directly to discuss your options. That includes options that aren't Pyramind.
We're here to help, any way we can.
CAO/ COO Pyramind Training
Does anyone know if students are eligible for a loan cancelation or discharge or refund on he basis of the school losing its accreditation and not letting the students know?
It's funny seeing the contrast between the lofty, high-minded tone of the review, and the mind-numbingly basic content of the songs linked.
Tell me again about how you used to sell drugs, how you're totally badass and successful now, and what the bitches in the club be like. Definitely haven't heard that song before!
I have kept a file on my grandson, Dayna Stephens since he started playing music. I have been going thru my file and found the wonderful article you wrote. I wanted to let you know that Dayna who is now living in New Jersey is being scheduled for a kidney transplant in mid-Aug. His aunt who also grew up in the Bay Area will be his donor. These last few years have been difficult for Dayna who continues to travel when physically able. A fund has been set up to cover the costs for his aunt whose health coverage does not cover her medical costs and for him who will no longer be eligible for Medicare once he receives the new kidney. Thank you again for your article.
Another chapter in a very sad story.
This place is going to be missed. Where can I go after Dorsey's Locker closes for anything even close to the experience I get there?
Hello this is Zachary Watkins. I simply want to thank Sam Lefebvre for sharing our story and music with your readers! Big Up!
Some quick clarifications... Mom (Sara Waters) is also a powerful and esteemed artist, and Cornish College was a deep art school experience. I recently found a cassette recording of my first string quartet rehearsal from 2000 and immediately began balling.... I was 20 when taking my first Composition Seminar taught by Jarrad Powell. That semester Jarrad invited a string quartet to collaborate with our class. The main goal of the class was to compose for string quartet in collaboration with the Dance Departments Choreography Seminar student choreographers! I can be heard saying to the musicians "BPM is 120" and the score itself was xeroxed from a notation notepad that had so many eraser marks that it more resembled a carbon paper copy.... Any wayz! Dedicated and engaged artists teach at Cornish. However, being involved in academic music programs for 15 years plus, I notice an uncomfortable aesthetic hierarchy favoring classical music over other traditions and improvisation is still underrepresented as a powerful expressive approach. The Mills and Cornish music programs attempt to tackle some of these concerns head on by hiring innovators, programming radical works and by accepting critters like me into their programs... We also need more diversity in the student body and professorships.
Black Spirituals will play Sat, July 25 at San Francisco's Center For New Music, 55 Taylor, 8pm
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