LESSONS FROM A YOUNG MUSIC STUDENT
Think of a little child who has just started learning to play an instrument. The enthusiasm is infectious as this child learns to play the simplest of tunes. The little angel will drive everyone at home crazy with the same tune being practised over and over again. The question is, what can we learn from this child?
- Persistence – No matter how bad the tune sounds each time it is played, the child will keep trying until he gets it right! Many of us give up on difficult tasks too soon – just before we get them right!
- Willingness to learn – This little child is so enthusiastic to learn even when being taught the simplest of tunes. Did you ever think that ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ would be such an exciting tune to play? Well, watch a 4-year-old playing it in front of an audience and you will be challenged. How many of us think we know it all and don’t want to be taught new things? You could be denying yourself the joy of learning a new skill by choosing to be unteachable.
- Excellence – This young music student, no matter how young, always knows that whenever a piece of music is learnt, it needs to be perfected. The child, therefore, knows that practice is necessary, and will not agree to perform the piece in front of an audience if it is not perfect. How many of us don’t bother with excellence, and do a shoddy job if nobody is looking? How many of us are up to date in our careers and keep improving ourselves professionally? More food for thought…
I think the young child has taught us enough for today. Let’s go and put the points above into practice!