“Sing to the Lord a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” Psalm 33:3
Professionalism in music is a standard of quality, not necessarily a career choice.
Successful performance is not machine-like precision, but potent communication.
Truly beautiful music results from a myriad of details executed through careful practice and inspired by knowledge, imagination, and intuition.
Music is a language of the spirit. It originates in the spirit but is channeled through the physical means of the body and instrument.
The performer must use the body in the most natural way to allow the music to flow uninhibited. The more fluent the technique, the broader the outlet for expression. Thus, talent often emerges gradually as a result of proper training.
The study of music is never complete, for there is always new meaning to probe. The beauty and wonder of the ongoing process draw the true musician.
Even the youngest students are capable of playing with depth of expression.
The teacher should seek to inspire students so that diligence results from inner drive and deep love for the music.
In turn, students who inspire the teacher tap into the ultimate source of mutual creative energy and mental acuteness.
The discipline acquired in music study produces life skills transferable to other areas.