Music is a wide and wonderful world and there is room for everyone in it.
This is what I tell my students, and this has been my experience in teaching students aged from eighteen months to over seventy. Whether you play an instrument, peck out a melody on the piano, sing in the shower, rock out in your car, attend concerts, listen to opera, chant in yoga class, or tap your foot while others are on the dance floor, music is a way for us to tune into something universal, something larger than ourselves, something that uplifts us and connects us to each other.
I teach music because I'm in love with beauty and seeking out beauty brings me closer to a sense of the infinite. I believe in the power of music. It's good for the brain, the body, the heart, and the spirit. No moment engaged with music is ever wasted.
Here's a short list of quotes on music's power and mystery.
1. "To be a musician is a curse. To not be one is even worse." -Jack Daney, Jazz Trumpeter (from The Late Starters Orchestra by Ari L. Goldman - excellent insight on the challenges adults face when taking on musical study: click here for a link to the book)
2. "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything." - Plato
3. "Music speaks to what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul." - Author unknown
4. "Music has a way of finding the big, invisible moving pieces insides our hearts and souls and helping us figure out a the position of things inside us." - Karl Paulnack (from Welcome Address to Boston Conservatory, an inspiring speech. Read full address here.
5. "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." - Albert Schweitzer - (found in The Nature of Music: Beauty, Sound, and Healing by Maureen McCarthy Draper - a wonderful book, full of ideas on how to integrate music into your daily life, with companion CDs. Click here for link to the book.)