by Jim Zaroulis
(read this and in the comments, let us know why you take or want to take music lessons)
It has been exactly one week since the beginning of the new year and I am sure you have been anxiously awaiting my most current points of view and witticisms. In all honesty, I hadn't planned on writing a new article this early in the year. However, like any artist, we must react with the moment. Whereas I did plan on talking about my plans for the new year, as it pertains to music and my students, I found myself deep in thought regarding some articles I've been reading, or have been pointed out to, pertaining to music education. Unfortunately, these articles showed a bit of disdain to music education (big surprise), but most shockingly to me was that the articles were written by a musician! I am hearing the gasps of horror coming from you as much as I can hear you asking, "Who would say such a thing?". The latter being irrelevant, but what IS of relevance is merely the question: "Why take lessons?"