Today’s blog post comes from Phil Amalong of The Zoen.
As a professional performer and music educator, I’ve heard endless variations on the above statements. I’m somehow seen as the proper confessor for these personal divulgences—after performances, at events and gatherings, in everyday interactions with people. Many “I only wish…” stories and sadly, much regret. I find myself offering encouragement: “It’s never too late…” and “You’re here at this concert—thank you, we need great audiences,” both sentiments I strongly believe are true.
In hearing these “I wish” stories, I’m reminded of and grateful for the wonderful music teachers I was fortunate to have. I can see how they shaped my future in profound ways, taught me to have discipline in learning to play and love music and opened many possibilities in my life.
What should we do when we want to provide our children with the benefits and lifelong joys that private music lessons offer? After all, we’re really busy. It’s yet another activity and expense to fit into our shrinking week and budget. We wonder if our children will appreciate the lessons. We wonder: how can we find the teacher who’s going to be the perfect fit and will really help our kids “get it?”