If you want to know the difference between musicians and trained monkeys, the answer is “musicianship.”
Teachers, please teach your students how to be musical. Far too many student musicians are being turned into trained monkeys that perform with no emotion, no musicality, no feeling at all, and while the technical nature of what they’re able to accomplish may be impressive the fact remains that we’re teaching them to to perform in a way that none of us would pay to hear! We connect with music because it stirs our emotions…whatever emotion that may be. We especially enjoy a performance when the performer can convey the emotion of that piece to their listener by way of their performance. Emotion needs to be a part of learning to make music as well.
Please don’t just teach notes and rhythms! Teach dynamics, articulations, phrases, sentences…teach the musician to be able to connect with the piece, connect with their audience, and actually make music instead of regurgitating notes and rhythms!
Okay…stepping off my soapbox now. Have a great day!