"I'M THE BEST PIANIST IN THE STATE!"

So proclaimed a nine-year old friend of one of my (very talented) students. OH REALLY! This student pianist felt he could make this claim because he had won first place in a state music competition. My student told me this, then showed me how fast his friend could play "Knight Ruppert." I asked my student "What do you think music is about-- how fast you play/" "No" answered my student. "What IS the purpose of music?" "Feelings." "Yes, feelings and imagination and how the music is put together." Narcissism can be a problem for musicians young and old, professional, semi-professional, or amateur. I am sure the child making this claim is a very fine pianist with excellent technical skills. I a

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