Post: Musical Journeys

Musical Journeys

“Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited.”

These words by Shinichi Suzuki, acclaimed violin pedagogue of the 20th century, have been a powerful guiding force in my own teaching. I believe that any individual who puts in the time and effort to hone their craft, whether it be music or any other endeavor, can improve on and develop their potential. Another inspirational quote from an amazing musician comes from Johann Sebastian Bach:

“I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.”

Bach, who lived 200 years before Suzuki, echoes a similar sentiment, that diligence and hard work can achieve great results for anyone.

Even great artists in popular music have achieved greatness after putting in the time to pursue their dreams. Before achieving international success, The Beatles performed over 1,100 shows in Hamburg between 1960 and 1962.

In my own studies of music, it is clear to see a wide array of people from diverse backgrounds. One thing connects us all though, that anyone with a passion for music can find fulfillment if they have the resources.

However, resources for studying music are difficult to come by. Even in the 21st century, finding musical instruction tailored for every individual for their individual musical tastes is few and far between. While various apps have been developed to start a musical journey, they often fall into the same framework that instructors used in the previous century. For many, this means that if your musical taste doesn’t align with those of your teacher, you won’t get very far in your musical journey.

I believe that personal tastes in musical enjoyment should not divide us, but instead bring us together. Music is an inherently communal endeavor and sharing that music with those we love should not be reserved for those with specialized training. Whether it be playing music for your family at a family gathering or performing on a concert stage for a thousand fans, the act of sharing music should not be reserved to a special few.

The act of starting anything in life can be daunting. Music is one of the most challenging areas to engage in, but it is equally one of the most inviting and natural for us to partake in. Hard work can allow one to reach for their dreams and get closer one day at a time. With a passion for music, one can find enjoyment, however small or large, in playing music. The great Duke Ellington once said, “If it sounds good, it sounds good,” meaning that we each may have individual preferences that inform how we wish to play music. If you hope to find a fulfilling journey in music, we’re here to help you.