19. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

I can imagine that my argument may seem over-the-top. But I have no way to know. Those childhood violin studies of mine have shaped my adult ear and brain, and, when I listen to Mendelssohn or to any of the greats, I naturally respond in ways that are encouraged by the grand tradition. I do not know what it is to be a person without access to that tradition, and I can only picture a lack of access as a kind of poverty.

— Paul Berman

Parents Absolutely Should Force Their Kids to Take Music Lessons

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