What is Music?
Whether you is naturally gifted in the arts or requires more persistence to succeed, whether you are young with youth or rich in wisdom, you are bound to benefit from some form of music education. Music can improve your abilities in learning and other nonmusic tasks. Many intrinsic benefits to music education include being disciplined, learning a skill, being part of the music world, managing performance, and just being part of something you can be proud of.
So what is music? Well,
pastor P.M. Smith of Huber Memorial gives the best definition that I have ever heard for music. He says, "Music is more than pitch and tone and duration, music is more than staffs, and notes, and sharps, and flats. Music is more than melodies and harmonies, and rhythms, and majors and minors, and tempos and bars, and rotations and clefs, and fortes and arpeggios and crescendos. Music is the language of the soul when the feelings of the heart are just too deep for ordinary words." "Music is the language of the soul when the feelings of the heart are just too deep for ordinary words." - P.M. Smith
Preparing skillful students:
Skillful: is defined as "having the training, knowledge, and experience that is needed to do something well : having a lot of skill".
Synonyms include words such as expert, accomplished, skilled, masterly, master, virtuoso, consummate, proficient, talented, gifted, adept, adroit, deft, dexterous, competent, and, brilliant. Music has been shown to increase skill level in many non-music areas. Such skills benefits from an education in music include increased language skills, increased intellectual & neurological skills, and increased spatial-temporal skills (source).
My focus as a music instructor is on the goal of preparing skillful students. I do this through showing my students a lot of patience, helping them with the discovery of their signature passion, and transferring my acquired musical proficiency.