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What’s for the innocent?


On the cozy and cushy couch laid out at the reception area at my music school, sat an elderly lady who looked to be a foreigner. A German I thought. The lady wore a red color salwar kameez which looked gracious and blended well with her skin color. She was busy typing something on her laptop. The only place available for me was next to her. I sat beside her and opened my music sheets to revise my theory.

In about ten minutes time, a tiny little Indian kid ran towards her yelling fluently in German. My guess was right.
The kid then asked me in English, about my schedule. I told him I could understand him if he spoke in Deutsch as well. The kind lady was surprised and we exchanged some thoughts.

My music teacher called me in and we wished each other a happy new year. This was my first class for this year after Christmas vacations. He also offered a delicious cake to me, as a welcome note. Being curious about the Indian kid and the German lady, I was told that she has adopted this little kid. I also heard that the piano trainer is frustrated due to the kids slow performance and has asked the lady to discontinue his music schooling. This was followed by some heated arguments between the lady and the music teacher.

Several thoughts came to my mind. A foreigner, being kind and raising this little Indian fellow and giving him the best education. ( the fact that he spoke such fluent German and our music institute is one of the best & most expensive). May be he was slow in learning the music, and perhaps could have been given more time..

It wasn’t a pleasant scenario to me because I believe music is something not so easy to learn and produce. It needs constant practice. It needs a lot of time, dedication, and of course motivation from others. For kids, its more about learning to enjoy the music and being more confidant because they do not understand the meaning of what they play so well. I have seen other kids and they just produce what is written in the sheets without adding the finesse. Their tiny fingers needs to be trained. They need to learn to handle the big and complex instrument. Its perfectly fine and normal for the learners to take a little longer time to learn and get used to. It was heartbreaking for me to know that they asked this kid to discontinue the school. I heard the lady was disheartened too.

What is your opinion? Do you think if the child is slow he must be discontinued from a school?

6 thoughts on “What’s for the innocent?

  1. Oh, gosh, Sonali, I can’t hazard a guess. I did enjoy reading your story about this, though, and learning a little more about you. To think that you study music! I did not know this.

    • Yes I do learn music..life has been much pleasant and more enjoyable since then. 🙂 Its a best source of joy and peace, and serves as a good outlet for the emotions dying inside…

  2. Having had music in my life since I was a little kid I think it makes a HUGE positive difference to grow up with music! All aspects of my life are better. I think if the student is not talented enough for this school he should continue with lessons somewhere that is more sympathetic and realizes the bigger picture. Maybe he won’t be a concert pianist…but he will have music…and that is the most important thing. If HE likes taking lessons the mother should find him lessons with the correct teacher. Not every teacher/student is a good match. But there will be someone out there that will be perfect for this child.

    • Dear Dawn, I truly appreciate your thoughts. He will have music… I pray that he gets a teacher who can help him play music, in his way. I also believe more in willingness and hard work then just in-born skills. Skills need to be developed with constant practice and motivation.. sigh! Thank you for sharing your views, they help me too 🙂

  3. I took piano lessons for several years and was not very good at it, although I LOVE music. I can’t carry a tune, either, but love to sing. I agree with Dawn, if the boy likes playing the piano the mother would be doing him a kindness to find a different piano teacher. My last piano teacher realized that I was one of those students who “just produce what is written in the sheets without adding the finesse,” as you describe it. She told me in a kind way that I didn’t have much talent and spoke to my parents who finally allowed me to quit my lessons. I still love music and cannot imagine ly life without listening to it every day. Parents and teachers have to strike a delicate balance as they guide their students and children – not to force them to do something they aren’t well suited for, but to help them find their passions and talents and encourage them in a different direction. Flexibility is key, I think. OK – I’ll get off my soapbox now!

    • Dear Barbara, I’m sure you can very much carry a tune.. in your way! There are thousands of ways to create & show up music and yet several instruments and if not, by singing, as I think you do so..well, I think many a times we fail to do certain things because of the wrong or unsuitable mentors and not our capability.. because if we have the right attitude and willingness for hard work, we can master anything. But, this differs from case to case..

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