My personal philosophy on music and music education.
Anyone can be a musician. Talent is not required!
Music is an important part of our lives and is something we all enjoy. Throughout human history, music has been a part of every culture and has been highly valued by societies all over the world. In today’s modern world, music permeates every part of our public and private lives: entertainment, art, recreation, and worship, among others. Music is a necessary asset and experience in our lives. Many people are content with just experiencing music as listeners, but there are those of us that want more out of the experience of music.
Those of us that want to become more than just listeners usually want to become performers. Performers don’t always need to be professionals; amateurs and hobbyists can perform music with as much enjoyment and skill as professional musicians. Regardless of whether you’re a professional or not, people who want to learn an instrument and perform music all have the same thing in common: they love music and want to express themselves with music.
It is for this reason why music education is important. No musician is ever, truly “self-taught”. People learn music from others, although not everyone learns by the same methods. Many people learn from fellow musicians, some learn by listening to recordings and performances, some through method books or videos, but most people learn from music teachers. No one method is better than the other, but learning from a music teacher has shown to be effective, enjoyable, and extremely popular. Music is taught to others so that people can experience music in the same positive way that other musicians experience it as: a transforming experience that allows one to express themselves to the highest degree.
For anyone who wants to learn about music, the only thing that is required is a desire to learn and the will to work hard. Talent is not important! Perhaps some people are naturally more inclined towards music or possess the ability to learn new things very quickly, but these qualities are not the most important traits that will help achieve proficiency on an instrument. The most important factor in learning how to play an instrument successfully is effort. Practicing every day, working on technique, setting and achieving goals and never giving up are all skills that will help develop proficiency on an instrument. None of these skills mentioned are inherent, they all are based on an individual’s dedication.
Every human being has the ability to learn and create music; finding the right way to bring out this ability is the job of a music teacher. Anyone of any age and any level of experience can become a good musician and learn how to play an instrument.
Learning how to play an instrument is a rewarding experience – setting and reaching goals, accomplishing things you never knew you we’re able to do, and expressing yourself through music are amazing experiences that anyone can enjoy!