Although I experienced many unsuccessful trials of playing the piano, I insisted in pursuing my eagerness to be involved in making music. At the age of eleven, I took my mom by the hand and dragged her to the Music Conservatory School. I met the principal, who tested my musical ear. My musical hearing ability was not so bad, therefore, he recommended that I play a “serious” instrument such as the violin or cello. Because I had a good friend in school who played the violin and I did not want to compete with her, I picked the cello.
Just like that.
Maybe not just like that.
A few weeks before this, a symphonic orchestra visited my school. The variety of instruments showcased, exposed me to the high multitude of symphonic texture. During the concert, I noticed an especially large instrument called the double bass. The double bass is larger than a cello and caught my attention so much that I decided that I wanted to play such an instrument. Through this childhood experience, as an adult, I realized that early exposure to a musical instrument can give widely to the amount of children who play musical instruments.
Back to my music test….
As a result of the excellent outcome of my meeting with the principal at the Music Conservatory School, my mother decided to use reverse psychology on me. She strongly declared to the principal that she was not interested in buying me a musical instrument. (This was completely opposite from how she behaved with my sister when she strictly enforced the importance of playing piano every day.)
My mother never insisted that I practice and play the cello. Sometimes she would sit next to me while I played to show her encouragement. She recognized the difficulties that I had in devoting so much of myself to the cello so she did not push me over the edge. Until today, she humorously reminds me of the times when she lovingly asked me to play one more minute…five more minutes.
But don’t get me wrong, I wanted to play more than she wanted me to play for all of those minutes. I just didn’t have enough self-discipline to make the it come to fruition.
In the meantime, I became a very serious cello star in my school. I played cello and sang in the choir during every school ceremony. Finally, I felt that it was worth it to come to school because I was highly appreciated for my musical abilities and status. I was considered special by my peers and teachers.
Dealing with music gave me deep intellectual, emotional and psychological skills. The advanced standards for achievement, self-discipline and artistic responsibility that I implemented help me in all aspects of my life. These tools are universal and do not have to be necessarily connected to music. They can improve your creative abilities and day-to-day life.
Have you met something in your childhood which influenced your career?
Did you play an instrument as a child? Did it influence your life?
What was the prominent gift that music gave you?