So I’ve been a bit quiet of late. I find the lead up to Mother’s Day difficult and tend to hibernate a little. My mother lost me to adoption, at birth, so it is always a bittersweet day as I look forward to celebrating with my own children and also recall, at a cellular level, the irrecoverable and lost opportunity to grow up with her by my side.

I was thinking the other day about how society develops narratives or stories around certain viewpoints or belief systems and then embeds those stories in the collective psyche as the gospel truth. If anyone dares to challenge the narrative they certainly do so at their own risk! Adoption is certainly one of those institutions that are seen as ‘good’ and are the only trauma that is celebrated. I would argue that the idea of losing your birthright to belong to your own family of origin as well as the right to use the name you were born with is an abhorrent abuse of basic human rights and cuts to the core of a person’s identity. Why we can’t just add a child to their new family, if they are in need of care, rather than deleting them from their own family is beyond me. After all, we do that all the time when people get married!

Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because I suddenly realised the parallels with the way we can tend to think about learning how to play the piano. Many of you have been conditioned to believe, over the years, that there is a ‘proper’ way to learn how to play. There are certain methodologies that are held in high esteem and if a different way of doing things is suggested, even though it is a sound point of view, then it is seen by some to be inferior or illogical, just because it doesn’t follow the same path as those traditional approaches. You know in the inner centre of your being that you don’t learn in the way those books are presented. I have mentioned to you before that there would appear to be a huge discrepancy between the number of people who have had piano lessons over the decades and the number of people who actually still play the piano. Surely the vision should be to GIFT students with music as a lifelong companion.

Are you willing to risk a different point of view and be the one to stand out in the crowd? Have you been meaning to get in touch because you know this way of learning will suit you so much better? Do you still believe there is time for you to develop a relationship with the piano that you were never given the opportunity to explore as a child?

Email joanne@rhythmandtunes.com.au with your best contact number and I will be in touch!

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