I believe firmly that genius is an illusion created from a number of other factors, ranging from environment, to bravery on the part of the inventor, or down to sheer brass and confidence in their art. I believe that there is a mozart in everyone, that there is a chopin in everyone, and int just needs the right input to be brought out. She believes that music comes from somewhere unexplainable, from the soul, and that you can analyse Mozart and Chopin but you cant explain it. You are just born with it.
Just born with genius.
This is bad for me, because it reveals to me that she doesn’t see the mozart in me. She doesn’t see me as someone who one day has the potential to write or play at that level, and that puts a glass ceiling over my head. How can the musical seed in me reach its potential without a nurturing environment?
I tried to say that these composers are only human, and it felt like she was comparing famous composers to god, or having sime connection to god that comes through their music. That you cant explain good music.
I believe you absolutely can. At a basic level harmonious sounds have a wavelength that is mathematically a ratio of another. Octaves are 1/2 for example. I believe that we become sensitised to basic intervallic sounds as we grow up, and good music is music that is just familiar enough, without being boring to sound new. It’s like growing up on chips then having chips with mayo. The first time is new yet familiar at the same time.
She then went on to say i think too much and i just need to stop thinking and enjoy the music. To turn of the analysis and just bask in the notes. How do you turn off thought? In physics there is ho such thing as nothing, so how can there be nothing in thought?
Surely the teacher who believes her pupil will fail is condemning them to fail?