Theres a common thing between pretty much all great composers: they all get music training from birth. If you look at the english language and writing in general everyone learns how to read and write as early as they can, and throughout school people learn the power of writing and how to hone their own writing style so that by the end of the education system, people are able to write some really powerful writing. Imagine if people didn’t start learning how to write until college. People would be significantly worse writers and their works would be really weird, amateur things and nothing good would happen until maybe 10 or 20 years later at the earliest. But luckily thats NOT how it is and writing is taught really early on.
So why doesn’t music get taught like that?
Musicians don’t get to get thorough knowledge of composing until college. So even after someone graduates with a composition degree, they still don’t have a very good concept of their own style and how they can write the best that they can, because they still havent gotten the chance to really discover that part of themselves, and by the time they do it will be too late becuase often they will have moved on to a different career because they think “composition isn’t their thing” while really they just havent had enough experience.
What if beethoven wouldn’t have been raised with music? What if he wouldn’t have learned how to compose until he was 18? We would be without the pieces he composed the last 18 years of his life, which historically is some of the most important music ever written to push the transition from the late classical era to the early romantic era. That entire switch between eras literally could have been delayed by almost 20 years just due to one man’s education being stalled. And the worst part? Nobody would know what they’re missing.
Luckily he had his music education throughout his entire childhood; however, there could be so many amazing composers with so much potential that will never be used because of this. We could have modern day legends who will never get published because their work won’t be “mature enough” and continuing to compose until they work up to that point just isn’t financially sound.
I am a musician. I have to work harder and harder everyday to improve who I am, and to make sure I become what I want to become.
Let me tell you something, sugar. Music isn’t easy. Music is probably one of the hardest careers out there, and before you start telling me about something that’s harder, read the rest of this.
In the music industry, you will never be ‘the best’. There is no way around it. You will never be the best, and you have to accept that. Somewhere, there’s someone with more experience and more time under their belt than you. They will be better.
There will be a point where you will be one of the best. Not ‘the best’, but pretty dang close. YOU will be the person that a young boy or girl looks up to as they force themselves to play their scales over and over until they are in tune because they know that YOU practice your scales. They know that you didn’t give up on what you loved, and they’re looking at you now, hoping that one day they may stand on the same stages as you. Play with the same orchestras as you. Play the same pieces as you.
One day, you’ll be watching an interview of a musician in their late twenties/early thirties, they will be asked a question along the lines of ‘Who do you look up to most?’, then they will smile, look into the camera, and say your name. Why?