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This should be on my music blog – but because it is something that I have been thinking about for a while now – music being a HUGE part of my daily life – I thought I would write on this subject and make it a part of my regular blog site today.
Music does so much more than just teach another language and skill – or help you focus in another part of the brain – Music actually makes you feel happy.
As a music performer and instructor for most of my life – I can say that those of us in the music profession – actually feel joy in a real way that comes from our pores. On more than several occasions I have seen it visibly lift the spirits of depression and sadness. Even those not thrilled about practicing the piano – will actually feel better after they do. Those experiencing sadness, even grief – will feel better after singing for 30 minutes.
Yesterday I had the privilege of singing with a couple of young teenage girls – singing their hearts out to Rascal Flatts and other artists they were familiar with. It was great to see them come out of their shells and enjoy the moment – releasing the endorphins while singing – making them feel joy and happiness and a sense of well-being. All three of us sang at the top of our lungs – and it felt good.
Now sometimes – music doesn’t bring a smile. When it is forced. When it is not rehearsed enough. And sadly – when the student or artist does not know the difference.
I am a firm believer in the fact that when you rehearse something in haste – often times it can be learned wrong. The brain cannot make a quick adjustment when corrected. I have seen this many times in a student who learns a passage of music wrong – and then does not have the “ear” to be able to tell that it is wrong. They rehearse it wrong all week – and then when being corrected for that “wrong” part – cannot make the shift in their brain. It is almost too late for them. Better to have learned it right – and have it take longer to learn – then to learn it wrong in the first place. This takes patience, knowledge and an “ear” to tell if it’s wrong.
The reward for learning it correctly is in the happiness it brings – to both yourself and to others listening.
Music is not just learned and played correctly – but it is also felt. Anyone can learn it – not everyone can feel it. Ever heard a bad musician? Then you know what I mean. Ever hear a really good artist that feels what they play and sing? Then you also know what I mean.
I want my students to both learn it correctly – and to feel it. In this way – music can be learned and enjoyed – and truly bring a smile.
We all make music. Whether we are musicians or not. What do you do with the music of your life? Do you go through the motions – like some of my piano students – learning things wrong with daily reinforcement? Or do you have an “ear” to tell the difference? Do you feel the music and rhythm of your life and as you do – does your life bring a smile of joy to others?
May your music be pleasant to others today – bringing peace and joy to whoever it touches. Amen.