In this article, here are some thoughts on what we bring learning music. It is obvious that music allows us to develop, improve, gain confidence, develop our senses etc …
There is no age to learn music , the only mistake would be not to start. There is so much to learn from music.
The awakening of the senses
Music is an art that develops mainly 3 senses:
You do not have to draw a picture, but touch is a very important part of music. The musician expresses feelings through music (joy, pain, pain …) and his instrument that interprets it. All this to say that touch can nuance, color, intensify these nuances. Moreover, if we look at some classical scores (for example those of F. Chopin), we realize how much the composers are very attentive to this and the touch allows to express these sensitivities.
Listening to sounds is part of musical learning, especially through musical dictation exercises. Every musician must be able to hear and reproduce a sound or a melody. Some even have the absolute ear. But without going so far, it is obvious that the ear of a musician will be more “sensitive” to notes and more generally to sounds.
The musician obviously needs his eyes to read or write a score. But beyond this evidence and as mentioned above, the musician develops qualities and reading skills that others will not have (regularity and anticipation).
Music is therefore an art that significantly develops these three senses.
Music allows a better knowledge of oneself and one’s sensibilities. I do not speak only of Chopin’s nocturnes which can reveal the romanticism of each one. Learning to play music can evacuate or express any form of feelings (anger, joy, pain, deliverance …), it is above all the expression of oneself, of a state of soul or spirit. Through music, the musician learns to know himself, to free himself and to express himself.
The social function
Of course, music plays a predominant role at the social level. It is by definition a moment of sharing and complicity that can be found in other areas such as sports. Making music allows you to exchange, enjoy, listen and simply to live unforgettable moments with friends or family.
This is one of the great advantages of the conservatory, this teaching makes it possible very early to measure itself to an audience. Very quickly, we teach young pianists, guitarists, violinists and others to play in public. Beyond technical performance, you have to manage your anxiety, your stress, overcome your fear of doing well.
It is undoubtedly a learning for everyday life, we will all be brought one day to speak in public, it learns, you have to know how to manage your emotions and music, like theater for example, allows to to develop this capacity that we all have in ourselves to go beyond our fears and shyness. You have to build self-confidence.
I’m not always in tune with this teaching, simply because conservatoires have sometimes forgotten the notion of pleasure for the benefit of performance. However, the search for excellence, that is to say, not to be satisfied with an “almost” is always commendable and a teaching valid for all the life, whatever the field.