What is it about music that moves us?
This is the age-old question. Certainly, music speaks to hearts the way that nothing else does. It has the ability to change lives. Isn’t that interesting? Something that is just calculated sounds projected through different objects has the capability of completely changing people.
I attended my first live classical music concert when I was 13 years old. I had only been playing the piano for barely 2 years. The Virginia Symphony’s was playing Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto, my favorite piece.
As I sat in the concert hall and listened, I hummed along. It was so beautiful! I was entranced by it’s rich harmonies and gorgeous melodies. I was inspired. That experience changed me. From that moment forward, I knew I wanted to study music for the rest of my life.
How did this piece move me when I was only a kid? I don’t really know.
I just knew that it was the most beautiful piece of music I’d ever heard, and somehow I identified with it.
While the aesthetics of music are difficult to explain, the more concrete benefits of studying an instrument aren’t.
It requires discipline, dedication and creativity. Music teaches the musician to have perseverance and to manage time. It creates complex wiring within the brain that promotes critical thinking skills, muscular coordination, deeper listening and intuition.
And, something about watching a musician perform moves us to want to know the secret. It’s magical.
The truth of the matter is that music is for everyone. Anyone of any age can learn to play the piano! So, are you ready to pursue studying piano – let me know!