Through a focus on technique, music theory, wide-ranging listening, and ear training, a music student builds a foundation which will allow for a broadening of musical tastes and interests. At the same time, the student’s knowledge of the music will extend beyond a simple reproduction of those “little black dots on the page," greatly improving interpretation.
But even more central to my mindset on music education is the sheer importance of making music — real, interactive music — with other musicians. Opportunities to create real beauty a
and connection without undue involvement of technology are becoming increasingly rare experiences for so many of us.
In the face of all that is changing around us, music’s inherent value is so clear — perhaps never moreso than now. I’ve been lucky to receive (and am still receiving) a wonderfully wide-ranging education in music; it’s an honor to have the opportunity to pass it on.