Music-Making: A Note to Students and Parents

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Subject: Violin » Classical Violin
Last updated: 30/10/2017
Tags: art, music, parents, students, violin

It is safe to assume that one of the fundamental reasons that prompts a person to take up music is their desire to create art, and to express themselves in the process of creation. Music, in this case, differs slightly from other forms of art; one might say that it is more abstract than a painting, or poetry, for example, purely because of its nature, that it cannot properly exist until it is submitted to an interpretation through a medium.

In this day and age, there is an increasing number of young children who are learning to play instruments; and with Western Classical music becoming more globalised, we often find ourselves distracted from the original intentions of music making.

Beethoven once said that "music transcends language". The question is, do we really see music as another language, and the act of music-making a form of communication?

The incorporation of music into mainstream education is a positive step towards exposing children to art, but we run the danger of music becoming more 'institutionalised', exam-oriented, with an increasing concern of 'playing the right notes at the right time'. It is all well and good to place an emphasis on passing exams, but musicians must also be aware that music, like any other great forms of art, is much more than that.

Art is not a trivial matter, and a student must have the discipline when taking it up. That is not to say practise long hours, or study extensively, but to have mental and emotional discipline when approaching and engaging with the subject. A short but constructive and focused practice session goes a longer way than a forced and unenjoyable three-hour session.

Apart from that, music does not only exist in the form of sounds. Like any good literature or art, the listener should be able to engage all their senses while listening. A performer, in this case, should not only confine himself in the practice pod, but should also experience and engage with his surroundings in order to add colour and life to his playing. As Rubinstein had once said:

"Music is an art of emotion, of nobility, of dignity, of greatness, of love, of tenderness…Music is not a hobby, not even a passion within me; music is me. I feel what people get out of me is this outlook on life, which comes out in my music. My music is the last expression of all that."

Shi Ling Chin Classical Violin Teacher (Birmingham)

About The Author

I am based in Birmingham and offer violin lessons to beginner to advanced students, aged 4+ and above. I am also teaching piano for Beginners through to Grade 5 and Music Theory.

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