The Makings of Musicality by Elvina Pearce

Photography by Raeleen Horn
Photography by Raeleen Horn

 

It’s probable that many believe musicians are born, not made.  Certainly  some individuals appear to have an innate “talent” for music-making and sometimes develop into superstars at an early age.  They somehow seem to acquire technical prowess and the ability to play expressively — but not necessarily because of how they are taught (sometimes even in spite of it!).  In this article, I am not writing about this type of “gifted” student.  Instead, I want to address music-making in terms of traditional (“average”) pre-college level students – the kind that I and others who teach at this level spend most of our teaching time working with.

 

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