I’m going to make this short, since I could probably discuss this topic for quite a long time. 🙂 So here’s the question: Is musical education really as worth it as some people make it out to be?I mean, look at all those natural prodigies out there that were amazing before a teacher ever touched them. If we can just find their little secret, we’ll be good to go, RIGHT?? UM…….. yes!… if you’re a prodigy. Okay, you get my line of thought.
Don’t think though, that you ‘re hopeless without a teacher. Never will I endorse that thought. I have now played piano for about 11 years. Four out of 10 of those years, my mom taught me how to read music and a few of the piano basics. The rest of the time, I taught myself. I got to mid-intermediate and then hit a speed bump. Hopelessly floundering around, I began toying around with the idea of canning this whole piano thing. The only thing that kept me going was the fact that I’m a hopeless music fanatic and knew I wouldn’t have been able to live without piano for more than several months.
Last May, I finally got the opportunity to start real piano lessons for the first time in my life. I stopped for the summer and picked back up again at the beginning of the school year. The amount I’ve learned in that time has affected me, I am sure, for the rest of my life!
So do I think it’s worth it?? A huge YES!
For some of you, there may be quite a few monetary issues. As a fact, that is why I didn’t get lessons til last year. BUT, you can certainly in the mean time stock up on books about the subject in music you want to study (instrument, voice, theory, or whatever). The internet and u-tube also hold a lot of great (and not so great) information that won’t cost you a penny. Though the internet and books don’t replace a good teacher, they are a great place to start.
AND, don’t forget that one of the most important things you can remember to do is this: “practice makes perfect”. If you don’t practice your instrument or voice on a regular basis, chances are that you won’t get very far even with a good teacher. Practice is basically the only thing I did for 10 whole years and I did get somewhere.
So, to fully answer the question, I’ll say this: It all depends!
It all depends on if you want to be stuck with the very basics, or if you want to become more confident even if you don’t imagine yourself becoming a virtuoso. It depends on if you want just a side hobby, or if music is your life. It also depends on if you want to be able to grow and share your talent and knowledge with others and inspire them.
Whatever your personal choice is, use your talents to glorify God and point others to Him. And by the way, you can do that without an education! 😉
In part two, I will be talking all about practice! Tried and true ways to practice that will give you the best results. So stay tuned!