Your instrument, an extension of you
There was a time when instruments were played for the pure pleasure of it, without a need or desire for formal learning. At present times, it does make sense to have courses that enlist students to get some formal certification or even a degree in music which can be used for job positions, because our society demands it. Even for a very young generation, there are so many opportunities at present for parents to enrol their children in ventures that are academic in nature, which will help build a practical career out of playing an instrument. Although it is essential to be a part of such opportunities, it is more important for them to nurture their passion towards the instrument. On a road of theoretical analysis, which requires the logical part of our brain, we often forget to unlock the creative side of our brain. The logical side often overpowers the creative part of the brain, which in many ways curtails the joy of playing an instrument, and creating something worthwhile. Which is why, having passion towards the instrument while learning it helps a long way.
Studies have shown to develop patience and discipline for a career or skill to last a lifetime, one must first develop a heart for it. Heart for it? Sounds a bit ambiguous, right? The heart, like the brain, has nerves that have the ability to store emotional feelings, and can think for itself. This, in turn, can nurture the instrumentalist to gain a deeper passion towards learning the instrument. You may have wondered why many times students learning something highly theoretical get bored very quickly, we have all undergone those feelings when we were in school. Knowledge, especially when it comes to music, is something that has to be fed with compassion, and not force for the sake of academic prowess. We want children and even adults who pick up an instrument, to always develop a very strong interest in playing their instrument for a long time, as well as a value to regularly care for the instrument. Discipline, one of the pillars of being a good instrumentalist, comes more organically when one has the right “heart” for playing one’s instrument.
We can all agree that theory is important, but not at the cost of losing one’s creative impulse, which is also important – all the theories that we learn and breakdown today, is based upon the music that was created in the past. Let us choose to give our children the opportunity to discover music at their own pace when they initially show an inclination for it. Many students lose interest immediately when it is academically presented to them. I am not saying that theory is bad, theory is good and academic accolades are good too, but it should always be backed up by passion and internal drive. Next time you see someone showing interest in a particular instrument, before you think of enrolling them into classes, take them to a Furtados Music store, where they can be inspired by our friendly and helpful staff, who are always ready to demo an instrument to a budding child who is keen on playing that instrument. Experience the joy in your child’s eyes, as the instrument is being played in front of them, and then you would know for sure. Then check out the Furtados School of Music online offerings to learn the instruments either online with a human teacher, or when possible, in the physical presence of a teacher.
I wish you all the very best with your music journey and hope you are able to inculcate the same passion that I have for my instrument.