Are Music Lessons Worth It?

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 by William Suit | Uncategorized

I loved piano as a child and it's been a lifelong relationship with the keyboard.  That's a picture of me around 1979-80.  I think we all look back and say, "If I had known then what I know now..." at some point in our lives.  If I could have another go, maybe I would major in Organ.  I think I would have been very good, maybe even awesome at playing! At this point, I am not losing any sleep over it, but it would have been a terrific journey.

It takes a lot of work and sacrifice to be good at something.  That includes playing your instrument.  Our society is often very bent on knowing the material value of everything.  "How much does it cost?"  "What is it worth?"  "What do I get?" These are valid questions when buying a car, a house, an entertainment system or furniture.  However, in music, which is an artform, these questions can be rather offensive and miss the point.

Recently I had the privilege of touring Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA.  During our tour, the guide was asked, "What is all of this art worth?"  The guide didn't miss a beat, "No one knows.  There are so many factors involved.  There's historic value.  There's artistic value.  Some things are just priceless."  She was right!

We put a dollar sign on the time you spend with us learning music, but at the end of the day, what you gain from the study of music can be a priceless experience.  Music is intangible.  It is not a commodity.  It is art.  Yet, life is incredibly dull and less valuable without its presence.  

Some of you will take a little break from lessons for the summer.  I get it.  You have camps and trips.  I have some myself.  However, I hope you won't toss aside your time with your instrument.  Studying music goes WAY beyond the time you spend here.  If you are not going away for the summer, I think it's well worth your time to have some lessons this summer, but whatever you do, keep playing!  Enrich your fun with the presence of music.

After all, music is the constant voice beneath the progressions of life.