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Sloan Hoffmann
Sloan Hoffmann

Sloan Hoffmann is a musician, artist and writer who creates and teaches from her studio in Ventura, California. She founded Thirty 3 and a Third, an education company that provides innovative, hands-on and experiential music, art and science programs to schools and communities.

She earned her DMA from the University of Southern California in 2010 after receiving her MM from the Eastman School of Music. She earned her undergraduate degrees in music and English from the University of Denver and Tufts University.

When not surfing or exploring Ventura's dynamic coastline, Sloan can be found hiking and swimming with her pal Dolce Dog and enjoying the peace of her backyard gardens.


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  • I recommend the Cutler book too. It’s very good, but I’ll be extremely self-serving and also recommend my book, “Lessons From A Street-Wise Professor: What You Won’t Learn At Most Music Schools.” It was an Award-Winning Finalist in the Business: Entrepreneurship and Small Business category of The USA “Best Books 2011″ Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. It’s available at Amazon and elsewhere as is getting noticed. Visit rayricker.com for more info.

  • I am a composer with 2 degrees in the subject. In my sophomore year I had a vision of the music I wanted to write and my education went to hell in a handbasket. It was like I had enrolled in a school that had only programs in woodworking. Everyone was trying make the best desks, tables, chairs, and shelves they could. One day I brought in a lamp. The instructor’s reaction was “That’s a terrible piece of furniture – the materials are non-organic and you could kill yourself if you sat on it.” After getting my Master’s I decided the education system was not for me – and I went for four years writing pop songs, until my Master’s Thesis won 4000 dollars in a competition. There is a wonderful book called “The Savvy Musician” by David Cutler. This book shows other career options that many schools don’t begin to address because they don’t know how.

    Good luck to the players, writers, and singers reading this who are still in school. You will need it, unless you are the next Leontyne Price…

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