Why would an adult choose something as challenging as music lessons? Over the course of the next several weeks we'll be answering that question while shining a spotlight on some of our many accomplished music students. Whether they're tackling lessons to express themselves, reconnect with their childhood, or build their brain, our students all have one thing the common: they all find music education to be incredibly rewarding.
For Louis, a recently retired library scientist, music lessons have given him the opportunity "to create something beautiful." He finds the process of practicing to be inherently creative. “[The] transitory nature of music making means you can create anew each time you play a piece. It’s never exactly the same.” Louis studies with Marydean Morrison at the Royal Conservatory School (RCS).
Patti, a former ballet dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, studied piano as a child but stopped lessons when she decided to pursue a professional dancing career. Now retired, she enjoys the challenges of playing piano. “It’s a very emotional thing for me to do. It’s about how it moves me, how it satisfies me.”
Cello is William’s instrument of choice. In his 20s and working part-time as a restaurant server, he studies with Susan Gagnon. For him, playing an instrument has proven to be a huge source of fulfillment. “I feel…that I could just do this forever,” he exclaimed.
Almis, an engineer in the telecom industry and avid marathon runner, was inspired to study piano after accompanying his daughter to Suzuki classes. Now that he is a student, he has a newfound appreciation for the art of performance. “When you see someone playing something that looks effortless, it’s because they’ve put in a whole lot of time.”
Engineering professor at University of Toronto, Vaughn, decided 14 years ago to buy a piano and take lessons again. Starting over at the Preparatory Level of The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program, Vaughn is now playing Level 8 repertoire. “The most fulfilling thing… is being able to create something that sounds beautiful… and [that] you actually created yourself.”
Patti’s advice for those hesitant to take lessons: “What’s the big gamble? Just try it!”