How I Connect with People on a Musical Level

After being in the piano tuning business for 35 years, I have come to appreciate some of the “perks” that come with the job. One of the most important facets of my experience as a piano tuner is getting an insight of the many different families I meet and visit regularly, and how their sons and daughters are progressing with piano lessons, school, and their lives in general. I have seen many people grow up from young children to adults with their own families, which I get to know and am now seeing their kids grow up as well.

There is at least one thing in common with all these people; their love for music, their dedication to the different activities they engage in, and most important their organizational skills. Kids today have a lot on their plate. They are expected to spend hours a day studying, they are active in sports such as soccer, football, basketball, baseball, and others. I ask myself how young people can organize their time so efficiently as to accomplish all these activities in a given week. I think part of the answer lies in the fact they have music in their lives, and they are enriching their minds both subjectively and objectively. Studying music requires that you know how to count in cadence, in perfect tempo, and understand measures, beats, time signatures. It also forces you to read music while you simultaneously play that music, using both hands. It isn’t an easy to become an accomplished musician-in fact, it takes years. The rewards-the immense joy that is had by being able to play music, is infallible, cannot be replaced, and cannot be bought for any amount of money.

Most of my customers’ children do not grow up to be professional musicians. That’s fine-they earned their skills of playing music through hard work, perseverance, and genuine love for music. Some play at cocktail parties, others in bands, and still others just sit down at the end of the day and relax by playing their favorite composition by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, or others. The rewards from their hard work are that they have the ability to do this, and nobody can take that away from them.

Kurt

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