This is an excerpt from an interview with violinist and music teacher Lee England Jr.
I’m amazed to say, when I was little, I used to tell my mom “I’m gonna make violin cool.” I didn’t know how I was going to do it. That’s just what I used to say.
Being an instrumentalist—you practice so hard, every day. You’re practicing for perfection. But you take that mentality into your day-to-day, and you’re trying to make everything perfect. You’re trying to be good at everything. You have to have a certain passion to even just pick up an instrument and stick with it though the times when you want to put it down. And so playing an instrument, it gives you personality traits.
It makes you better, it makes you patient, you have to be tenacious, you have to be diligent. When you get together with a group, you have to be able to hear and listen, and all these things translate into how you live your life. So the better musician you are, the better person you are. That’s what I’ve seen, what it’s done for me, how it’s shaped my life. That’s what I want to transmit to my students.
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