“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” –Shinichi Suzuki

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Music = happiness!

Yesterday, I had a rehearsal with the orchestra that I play and, once more, it was amazing! Still now, after more than 25 years of playing cello, it amazes me how good I feel when I play. Of course I have my bad days when the last thing I want to do is to play the cello, but it’s just a matter of minutes and boooom! There it comes that amazing feeling again!

Every time it happens I remember my mum. She loves to tell anyone that, when I was a teenager, I told her I didn’t want to play the cello anymore. She knew how much I enjoyed playing but I all I wanted to do during that teenage years was to hang around with my friends. Play the cello was the last think on my mind at that time.
Well, my dear and beloved mother didn’t let me quit and pushed me to continue playing until I was mature enough to make my choices (her words). She said that when I turn 18 years old, I could make my choices. Of course, at 18 I had the passion back and just wanted to play forever!

Today, I am so pleased of my mum’s decision. Music is so important in my life that I just feel the need to share it with more and more people. I try to do just that every week, with the classes that I teach. I truly believe this is my mission in this world and I just want children to be happy and have music in their hearts.

Mums and dads out there, get your kids to learn music, to sing, to play an instrument. I can’t explain how wonderful it is but I can say that it truly feels amazing. Your child will be grateful to you forever.

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