By Elizabeth Delaney
While I find that I enjoy many different genres of music, I've become keenly aware that there are benefits to studying classical music, even though I'm primarily a singer who just uses my keyboard or my acoustic guitar as accompaniment. With most classical pieces, it can take several weeks before you're truly comfortable with it. This being the case, I have discovered that if I don't like the piece I'm studying, it's extremely difficult to exercise the discipline to stick with the song. I typically like the romantic era of the classics the best. I especially like Chopin. And for me, studying something I like is often where I find that dividing line between a piece that frustrates me and one I label as challenging. Challenge is where I experience growth.
By: Steven Danner
Perseverance & Determination
One can tell music has deeply and positively impacted this musician of the month, and accomplished flutist, Joanne Diebold, due to the poetic details she recalls throughout her musical journey.