It’s important to realize that just because someone holds a degree in music doesn’t necessary means they are good. Not all musicians are created equal. The problem many musicians are suffering from is a recognition problem. They can’t seem to recognize the music they want to play and how to identify music by pointing out a few things that should be obvious but apparently aren’t.
Musicians without vision will fail. Musicians who lack vision cannot inspire, motivate performance or create sustainable value. Poor vision or a non-existent vision will cause musician to fail. Musicians who lack character or integrity will not endure the test of time.
The best musicians are acutely aware of how much they don’t know. They have no need to be the smartest artist but have the unyielding desire to learn from others.