United Conservatory of Music March 2019

MARCH 2019

UN I TED CONSERVATORY N E W S A N D N O T E S

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A MUSICIAN’S RESPONSIBILITY Fostering a Love of Music

Learning music can be difficult. There are challenges and struggles of all kinds, as well as long stretches where a young musician may feel like they’re never going to improve. When faced with these difficulties, the only thing that keeps musicians moving forward is their love of the art. Loving music and finding joy in your art can help get past those hardships. This is why it’s so important for our instructors to create a positive environment for their students where they can foster that love of music. Music speaks to people on a deep level that only art can reach. As musicians, our responsibility is to communicate feelings through sound and rhythm. There’s a message for our audience in the music. That message might be from the composer who wrote the piece, or it could be your own emotions. The message could be different for each person who listens to us perform. If your audience walks away without feeling anything, then you didn’t do your job as a musician. Likewise, if you are a music instructor and your students walk away without loving music, you have failed as an instructor. It’s not enough for kids to just hear about the positive benefits of music; they must experience these benefits for themselves. A music teacher must be able to connect with their students to share that love of music with the next generation. I have talked to many people who grew up playing music only because their parents made them take up an instrument. They hated every second and dropped it as soon as they were able to. The parents at UCM aren’t like that. They want their kids to find joy in music. If their child doesn’t want to play, they

aren’t going to make them keep coming to practice. Today, kids can unlock their phone, open YouTube, and find a lesson on how to play almost any instrument. The information is there, but the internet can’t give

them a lesson tailored to their personality and their individual needs. That’s something only a teacher can do, but only once they’ve made a personal connection with their student and understand what they need for the student’s love of art to grow.

Regardless of whether or not our students pursue a career in music, our instructors will be there for them, helping them develop their skills while they play and experience a personal growth that will stick with them throughout their life. Even if a student chooses to move on to other passions, our hope is that they leave UCM with a deeper love of music and positive memories of their time playing.

“As musicians, our responsibility is to communicate feelings through sound and rhythm.”

My goal is to live up to my responsibility as a musician and the director of UCM by bringing more positivity to our students, to Fresno, and to the world of music.

—Christopher Scherer

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