October 6, 2010 at 11:28 AM
Music has always played a huge part in my life, from the time I was little. I grew up with music being a part of my everyday world. I could sing "Oh Shenandoah" when I was around 2 years old quite well as well as a good deal of American nursery songs (Mother Goose). I very early on started to love Tchaikovsky and would listen to the Nutcracker and the Swan Lake over and over again and now that music feels like a good old friend to me that I know 100%. I have read a description of myself from the age of six which read:"Sings with a great feeling". I also grew up to love all sorts of music styles like jazz, blues and Ella Fitzgerald and Louie Armstrong were always a favourite (and still are) and I can still sing and play a lot of those good old songs from the fifties which most people my age don´t even recognize.
So it´s no surprise that I have been actively involved in music since a very early age. But as much as I love the music itself and all the pleasure and joy (and occasional hardship) it has given me, a large part of my enjoyment of music comes from the people I have encountered in the world of music. I have met some absolutely wonderful musicians, friends, teachers and guides that have spurred me on in the music world and made me embrace it. I have made some good friends along the way and have many warm memories of all the good people I´ve met from my current wonderful teacher who´s not only a teacher but also a friend to my cheerful youth orchestra conductor that made practises a weekly joy.
Right now I love every moment I spend at my conservatory. It´s not jst the music, It´s also the amazing people I have met there and love spending time with.
Hi, I agree that studying music with wonderful people (i.e. that you get along well and happen to share a few affinities) is definitivly a "turn on" just as studying with people you don't get along well with or too different from you is definitivly a "turn off".
I had experiences with both! (ps: My "turn off" musical experiences were not in violin... : )
Have a nice day,
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