Why Music?

Performing music engages all parts of your brain at one time! While performing you are:

  1. Reading – Decoding signs and symbols
  2. Mathematics – Deciphering fractional relationships between rhythms
  3. Science – Understanding how sound travels and how your body works to create sound
  4. History/Culture – Applying knowledge of the music’s history and culture to performance
  5. Motor Skills – Mastering the physical skills required to perform our instrument through practice


“That’s too hard!” Learning a musical instrument presents a constant series of tasks that seem too difficult. Just producing a sound can be difficult – making something other than a scratch on a violin, blowing into a flute in a way that produces a pitch, or making any kind of sound at all with a French horn. And it just gets more difficult from there: fingerings, rhythms, pitch – impossible! And then, step-by-step, it becomes possible. The thing that was impossible in the beginning is laughably simple a year later – but then there is a new “impossible” challenge to master. Progress is slow and incremental.

It’s helpful to be aware of that building process, and the way it can apply to other seemingly insurmountable problems in life. With time, patience, practice, persistence, the “impossible” IS possible.

Generally, learning an instrument is a long-term project. When it comes to the violin, an average student doesn’t really start “sounding good” until of consistent practice and progress. In order to reach that point, a person has to develop a devotion to practicing as well as the courage to keep pushing the boundaries and exploring unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory. That habit of perseverance and discipline can serve many areas of life.