From the time I started my teaching career, I remember being confronted by worried folks that, in the process of deciding whether their children should play a musical instrument, expected me to answer an age old question: "Is my child talented enough?"
I have to admit, for quite a long period of time, the proper answer to this enigma eluded me. Nevertheless, when I came into the domain of child education, I uncovered a fundamental truth: Musical talent is not something predetermined by your genes: it is harvested after birth.
At present, I am very much convinced that musical talent is truly a God given seed within every newly born child. Nonetheless, for it to blossom, it must be watered daily from a very early age on. For these reasons, the child should be repeatedly subjected to a vast array of music. Magically enough, the subconscious mind will preserve these new sounds and rhythms. A couple of years down the road, when the child begins music lessons, she will now have a storehouse of natural resources which will help her establish the vital skills with substantially more ease.
I have seen this precept in action again and again. A young adult will get started on lessons with me and make wonderful progress in a short period of time. The moment I inquire about his musical background, he'll undoubtedly reply: "My parents were always listening to all kinds of music and taking me to concerts as I was growing up." Curiously I most often find that although the child was reared in a fertile setting for the formation of musical talent, he/she never was persuaded to study an instrument. This, in turn, is a good reminder of a further pertinent fact: The destiny of children often lies in the hands of the parents.
The fact that a child never expresses a desire to want to engage in studying an instrument should not be the excuse for not making it readily available to that child. Many children never ask to go to school, but everybody knows that they seriously should in order to become educated, well rounded citizens. The main element to producing musical talent is in the environment - exposure to the sun yields the desired suntan, exposure to music results in an understanding for and ambition to play a musical instrument. If children are given delicate pushes in proper directions, the consequences tend to be impressive!
It is unfortunate that Music and Art, in general, cease to hold a good standing position in American child education. To the contrary, throughout Israel, Japan and Europe, you'll find it most unheard of for a child to be deprived of their habitual musical education. Through this process, the unique cultural heritage of these countries is handed down from generation to generation and in so doing, preserved. Moreover, through centuries of paying attention to this tradition, it has been found that the study of a musical instrument at an early age, will aid in the refinement of the child's fine motor skills. Last, but not least, the experience has proven to contribute towards the development of a noble character, and moreover to promote self-discipline and significantly better concentration throughout the child's life.
The rewards are indeed numerous. The main point here is that the matter of musical talent should never be an obstacle for a youngster to play an instrument.
Now is the time for your child to be subjected to the joys of making music. To quote violinist Shinichi Suzuki, "What isn't trained while we are growing, brings pains and aches later."
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