But What if I Have No Talent For Music?
Everybody has some form of “talent”, something they are really good
Traditionally the word “talented” has often been used to sort up
piano students with convenient labels, like; "he is talented", "she has no
It is misleading for many reasons.
For example, a student may
have a superb “eye-hand coordination” and very easily grasp sight
reading. So it seems that the student learns unusually fast and well.
Another student struggles with the same issues, (Label: Not
talented) but when finally learning to play the piece plays it with
superb expression and beauty- many times better than the other student.
It is true that some people (regardless of age) just seem to
learn piano faster than others. However, this does not ensure that they
will become successful pianists!
I have seen too many piano students with no particular “talent”
but with an enormous dedication and willpower (read "stubborn"!) become
successful musicians (amateur or professionals) as well as “talented”
and even “prodigal” piano students who quit playing piano all together.
However, comparably few piano beginners actually plan on becoming
famous pianists. Learning the piano is not just about making a career,
it is so much more.
Mr. Shinichi Suzuki, the man behind the "Suzuki method" believed
that learning music and studying an instrument makes you better as a
person. I agree. It enriches your life in a way that nothing else can.
“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If
children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play
it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a
beautiful heart.” Shinichi Suzuki