Music Education Is For Everyone
We rarely question the study of music in those with great "talent", and with good reason, but what about the student in the margins? A great mentor said that although she could not draw well, it did not keep her from appreciating fine works of art. Similarly, exceptional aptitude is not necessary to learn and appreciate music. In fact, it is often the case that students with special needs (Asberger's Syndrome, autism, ADD/ADHD, blindness) are exceptionally suited to understanding music; the many-jeweled facets of music and musicianship provide doors for any type of mind. Students who are not stimulated by lots of time alone, practicing - a requirement of the pianist - may be served better in groups like chorus, musical theater, band, or orchestra. However, the piano becomes more collaborative as skill increases, and the independent student no longer finds herself alone. A foundation in piano is necessary for any serious study in another instrument; all music degree programs require piano proficiency.