As a young child I used to study piano, but later moved into violin. I think music can give you a sense of calmness and tranquility and also a sense of freedom. Even if I’m playing a solo or a concerto, I always feel something in my limbs and feel that I’m not in the middle of any movement. It’s almost like I’m part of a big orchestra with my breath.
I think this is why I think there is something about the act of playing that somehow has a calming effect on me or makes me relax or makes me feel in a nice way.
When can I start?
As a young child I used to play on my own and my parents were always encouraging me to play together. I just thought it would be nice if I could play together. I had some piano books with me as well as some violin books that my mother had given me while she was visiting. My parents thought it would be very fun that I should be able to do it by myself.
Where do I start learning?
I believe there were a number of good books that I can look for if I want to get into learning music, if I want to become proficient at it or have a goal to reach. I think you need to start by studying at some point, but you cannot just start playing piano if you don’t have the intention to become proficient at it, you have to work with your teacher to figure that out.
As a child, the only way you could do that was if you were taught by your parents. You have to find out for yourself. If you were lucky, there was a teacher in your town who was very nice and allowed you to come and study with him. If you couldn’t, there are some good programs that I like to use.
If you’re going to be doing a lot of travelling, there may be other schools in different countries that you could choose to study there, but in general, my favorite program is the Music Education Program in China.
I used to go there quite a lot as a child. It’s in Beijing and Shanghai now and they now have their own school, so you have to go through a number of processes to get in there. You have to find out for yourself if it’s a good fit. But it’s certainly one of the best programs of their kind that you’re likely to find.
You can find a list of other programs in Chinese here, where
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