Teaching music is gut-boosting. I can tell you this with all confidence, especially now when my little jazz musicians after months of practice finally performed on stage in front of a big and very supportive crowd. Talent Show, 2013, yes- we did it!
To my surprise I have some new applicants this year who are only 2 .5 years old but are already demanding an immediate audition! Smart.
So when can you start music lessons? Can you teach a child piano or voice at 5? Can you teach him/her to listen to Mozart and the Beatles at 1? Can you start practicing Jazz at 32? These kinds of questions are the most common questions that I have to answer any time I meet a new potential adult student or the parent of a child /student.
After getting my formal education at the conservatory, teaching music and performing throughout the years, I have learned that whenever you or your child take any music appreciation class or start actual private lessons, the benefits are huge. I believe that music is a part of our human nature and that the appreciation of music is something that is already ‘installed’ in us, whether we like it or not. The questions that you should face are what is your goal, why do you want your child to study music or why have you started practicing music in your 30s, 40s or later?
You probably read that according to many studies and pediatrician’s observations music will boost your child’s brain power, improve their memory, improve reading skills, help them socially if they collaborate in a group, and that music is a confidence builder that also teaches patience.
For grownups music is something that helps to reduce stress and fulfill artistic desires that were left behind early in life. I would like to say that for an adult student who decides to partake on new endeavor- music is something that she/he should truly enjoy doing and it has a tremendous positive impact on daily life.
Practicing music can be exhausting and hard work, since you need to learn a lot of skills prior to your musical performance. Sometimes it takes hours and hours of preparation, doubts, disappointments, or even conflicts. But as Russell Simmons noticed –“It’s very simple, when you’re working your hardest- the world opens up to you”.
Last week I spent several consecutive days practicing and recording a new song that was written for me by a talented NYC based composer. Her vision and music helped me to get connected to a world that is as huge as you can possibly imagine.
Was this collaboration easy?
Was the work on a new song difficult?
It was incredibly difficult.
Did I like it?
Why am I doing this?
I have no idea, but I love each second if it. “Thank you for the Music”!!
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