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Published: Friday, March 30 2012 11:33 a.m. MDT

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MAYHEM MIKE
Salt Lake City, UT

I applaud the high number of households that own a piano (or other instrument) and encourage their children to learn to play. Whether students "reach Carnegie Hall" or not, their ability to play well and their love of great music will be wonderful gifts for the rest of their lives. Students, however, need to be realistic about their chance to become famous artists, and should, perhaps, seek "lesser" goals, such as teaching or playing for their own enjoyment and the appreciation of others. YouTube, for example, is filled with videos of extremely talented performers who will never be noted concert artists, but who share their talents and bring much pleasure to others. Also, young artists need to carefully evaluate the true lifestyle of a career in music. It is one thing to enjoy a satisfying career in music education, or playing as a hobby, but another to experience the stressful life as a travelling concert musician.

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