Music Piano and Life Skills

I am bilingual.  My second language is music, specifically piano. It has taught me life skills. To play or sing on an accomplished level requires a commitment to working daily, focusing  only on the task at hand, setting daily practice goals, and sticking with it until it is right.  It really is grunge work.  Once the piece is learned it becomes “play”.  

Practice is lonely.  It is just you and the instrument.  It is tedious.  You have to do the passage right 3 times.  It is rewarding.  No one can understand unless they are a musician the feeling of hearing yourself ‘do it right’. 

Commitment, goal setting, determination, learning to hear what I was doing and maintaining the standard of the music are just a few of the life skills I have learned and polished through my music.  We’ll talk about the brain training in a later post. 

All music is a language.  Like any language if we can’t understand what is being said it just becomes gibberish to us.  Those who love complex music are born with the ability to hear and understand it.  We study music just like we study our native language to get a deeper understanding of its intricacies. The longer I study and teach piano the more I appreciate the miracle that any of us can play, hear and comprehend the beauty of complex music.

 I knew at the age of 12 that I wanted to be a piano teacher.  That is one of my core values.  I have discovered on this journey that it is complex music that I enjoy.   I am grateful that the gift of complex music was given to me and that the desire to use it, develop it and enjoy it were also given to me.

To all musicians of complex music thank you for contributing to global beauty.

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5 Responses to “Music Piano and Life Skills”

  1. MShin Says:

    Hello Ms.Adina! 🙂

    I agree with many of the points you have made in your post; however, I would like to point out a few interesting observations. You state that “practice is lonely” but I think the contrary. Practice is NOT lonely in my opinion because you are with the instrument and together, you can create “music.” The key word is together; just because you are not with another person does not mean you are “lonely.” This proves true for my case anyways because in my house I am often alone and playing music depletes the sense of “loneliness.” I am not sure if this is true for anyone else.

    Also, you say that “practice is rewarding.” Often though, I think students my age (including myself) don’t understand the reward of practicing. For most students, they don’t understand the point or goal in music – what is in it for them? And for me, I don’t find it very rewarding because when I work hard at a piece no one can appreciate it. I think I have to mature more for me to actually be satisfied knowing the piece is played right, but for the time being I like being appreciated for hard work.

    That’s all~! Have a nice day.

  2. Adina Says:

    Well written young musician. I appreciate your insight.

    I believe that self-acknowledgment truly is the gift a wise person learns to give to themselves. To know that you have done something so few do and even fewer do well can become it’s own reward to encourage to keep on this journey of accurate practice.

  3. sinetag Says:

    If practice is “grunge”, how come you made me do so much of it?

  4. Adina Says:

    I find the expression ‘made me’ so interesting. It is my belief that we are all at choice and no one can ‘make’ us do anything. Is it possible that you looked at the consequences of not practicing and decided it would be better for you to practice? What happened when you practiced effectively? Was the lesson time easier to face, did it go faster, was your teacher more affable? Did you ever get to the place where practicing was what you must do to play the way you wanted to play?

  5. Adina Says:

    Are you still playing?

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