Kim O'Hara wrote:The thread may, as Ben hinted, be better in another area of DW but I'll leave that to the mods. Meanwhile, I'll throw in a couple of thoughts from my 20+ years of teaching instrumental music.
Q: Have you got any artistic ability?
A: I don't know - no-one has ever taught me to paint.
In all my time teaching music, I have only come across one child - out of several hundred - who wanted to learn and put the effort in but was unable to succeed. On the other hand, I have been told by dozens of people - mainly adults - that they 'couldn't possibly learn to play an instrument' because they 'haven't got it in' them, they 'have no natural ability'. I'm at the point now where I deny outright that there is any such thing as innate musical ability or even talent.
Look at Murray Schaeffer's (?spelling?) 'Ear Cleaning' - old now but still relevant.
Also at Kodaly.
More later if any come to mind.
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