GameSpy chats with Guild Wars music composer, Jeremy Soule:
…I had kind of a strange education. I took piano lessons when I was a kid, and everyone realized pretty fast — including my dad, who taught music in the public schools — that I needed to go the university route, so I started private university studies with professors from Western Illinois University when I was in the sixth grade. I pretty much earned the equivalent of my Master’s Degree in Composition before I was out of high school. Though I didn’t get the degree because I hadn’t been enrolled in the school. So I already had a fair amount of skill when I graduated high school. I then took a year off to build a portfolio, which is what I sent to Squaresoft.