My Journey With The Piano
When it comes to music, there is a general notion that one must start young, parents almost always enroll their children for music lessons and my case was no different. I still remember the days when I used to hide under the bed when it was time for my lessons. I was 5 and I used to hate classes, mostly because I never understood the purpose of what I was doing. I continued taking lessons in an erratic manner, attending classes for a few month and then taking a few years off.
When I joined high school, I began to develop an interest towards music. I became more inquisitive about it and started to play around with my keyboard. I guess all the lessons had influenced me somehow. But it wasn’t until I joined college that I decided to become a little more serious about it, that’s when I found the Academy of Western Music.
At the Academy, emphasis was given to every aspect of musicianship and that’s when I realized, that music training is not just about the instrument, it’s about the musician as well. I understood that to be a capable musician, one must hone his senses of sight and sound. I had embarked on my journey with the Piano under the guidance of Mr. John with able coaching by Mr. Srikanth and Mr. Rajini.
Instead of making me monotonously practice pieces until I perfected them, Mr. Srikanth taught me what music was all about. Our discussions would encompass a variety of topics ranging from the circle of fifths to the history of music. Thus, I was introduced to the magical world of music and I’ve never turned back since. The more I learnt about its history, the more I began to appreciate and connect with the various styles of music. Gone are the days when I would associate myself with specific genres of music, these days, I crave to explore different types of music and the more I explore, the more I understand the language of music.
My teacher always told me that I had to spend time with my instrument and explore on my own. Instruction can only take you so far, but when you take the time to look around and see for yourself, that’s when you really grow. As Beethoven once said “Do not merely practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; it deserves that, for only art and science can exalt man to divinity. “, Being an engineer myself, I can relate a lot to this.
Music is very powerful, for centuries it has been a medium for expressing ones emotions and ideas. It can induce euphoria and inspire people to do the impossible. It has been part of revolutions and has shaped the history of mankind, possessing the ability to interpret and produce it is a valuable skill. My time here at AWM has inspired me to become a musician, maybe I won’t be able to take it up as a profession but I would certainly never let go of music. It has become an integral part of me and I will forever continue to associate myself with music. I encourage everyone to take up music, at least as a hobby, you will never regret it.
Advanced Level Piano Student -Academy of Western Music