I wish I had learned how to play a musical instrument when I was a kid. To sit on that piano and work on becoming the next little legend was a fantasy - and so was the violin I thought only a white or Asian could play.
Music was actually a mystery I desperately wanted to solve. Just like many others, I rolled on the floor as I listened to the blend of the drums, guitar and piano, and topped it off with a high glass-shattering voice like Mariah Carey’s.
Now when headphones were introduced, I am sure I suffered a semi-heart attack, because suddenly that music was now just a faint taste in my mouth; I knew music did something to me but I couldn’t quite put a finger on it.
Years later, the benefits of teaching children how to play musical instruments were broken down to me and I couldn’t agree more. Music needs patience, practice, and precise timing.
There is also that connecting feeling that music in general gives; thus it being called the universal language. In music, borders will be crossed, languages barely understood will be heard and the amount of energy, time and dedication is approximately the same.
The discipline is definitely the same too. These musical instruments instill a culture of team work and the biggest bonus is that it improves brain function, enhancing memory power and has a better grasp on languages and vocabulary.
Learning is easier when you are young; do not be afraid to try out new things. With determination, you could turn out to be Rwanda’s next young violinist, pianist or guitarist.