Learning music can be difficult. There are challenges and struggles of all kinds,
as well as long stretches where a young musician may feel like they’re never
going to improve. When faced with these difficulties, the only thing that keeps
musicians moving forward is their love of the art. Loving music and finding joy
in your art can help get past those hardships. This is why it’s so important for
our instructors to create a positive environment for their students where they
can foster that love of music.
Music speaks to people on a deep level that only art can reach. As musicians,
our responsibility is to communicate feelings through sound and rhythm.
There’s a message for our audience in the music. That message might be from
the composer who wrote the piece, or it could be your own emotions. The
message could be different for each person who listens to us perform. If your
audience walks away without feeling anything, then you didn’t do your job as
a musician. Likewise, if you are a music instructor and your students walk away
without loving music, you have failed as an instructor.
It’s not enough for kids to just hear about the positive benefits of music; they
must experience these benefits for themselves. A music teacher must be
able to connect with their students to share that love of music with the next
I have talked to many people who grew up playing music only because their
parents made them take up an instrument. They hated every second and
dropped it as soon as they were able to. The parents at UCM aren’t like that.
They want their kids to find joy in music. If their child doesn’t want to play, they
aren’t going to make
them keep coming to
Today, kids can
YouTube, and find
a lesson on how
to play almost
is there, but the
internet can’t give
them a lesson tailored
to their personality and
their individual needs. That’s
something only a teacher can do,
but only once they’ve made a personal
connection with their student and understand
what they need for the student’s love of art to grow.
Regardless of whether or not our students pursue a career in music, our
instructors will be there for them, helping them develop their skills while they
play and experience a personal growth that will stick with them throughout
their life. Even if a student chooses to move on to other passions, our hope is
that they leave UCM with a deeper love of music and positive memories of their
My goal is to live up to my responsibility as a musician and the director of UCM by
bringing more positivity to our students, to Fresno, and to the world of music.