This got me thinking...
When my boys were very little I travelled to Yeronga (a 30 minute drive to the other side of town), so that they could be taught swimming by a lady who coached children of all ages and levels. The reason? She specialised in teaching children, taught them individually, building their confidence in and out of the water.
Currently, I am taking one of my sons to trampolining at Redcliffe (a 45 minute drive north), as he loves the sport and the tuition is in very small groups and of a high standard.
When something is of good quality there is no compromise.
It seems, however, that with the busy lives we all live, many opt for convenience over quality. Getting their coffee fix from the closest cafe so as to save a precious 5 minutes on the way to work. Do we use this saved time? Do we forget the richness of the finer coffee bean, the experienced extraction, the genuine chat?
Life moves at such a busy pace that some even resort to instant coffee!! No conversation, just passive osmosis from the (probably commercial) television. Is this a good use of that 5 minutes saved?
The freshly ground bean prepared with experience and love results in not only a inescapable aroma, but a smooth, drink that is enjoyed every time it is sipped. Regardless of how many times it is made the barista makes each cup as enjoyable as the last.
Music too must be prepared with experience and love so that when the piece is mastered it evokes a feeling, an expression, a statement, by both the performer and the listener. The student must be gently guided to see more than the notes on the page. To understand, and therefore demonstrate, how the dynamics and phrasing can completely change everything they play; how different interpretations can bring different shades to a performance. They need to be taught to think about what they are playing choosing composers and styles that they enjoy and understand.
I would like to think that I encourage the 'expresso' over the 'instant' approach. The latter is sadly experienced by many who have no concept that there is anything else. They are so caught up living their lives of convenience, that the true experience of living is completely watered down and often missed... music that is never appreciated or shared, let alone played well.
Have a think next time you have a coffee!!