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Call me an amateur, please!

Category: ThePianoMag Blog
Created on Friday, 09 November 2012 13:39

In her article Explore the blogosphere (November/December 2012), Shana Kirk lists a variety of blogs that provide professional enrichment for teachers. We are delighted to have several of these writers submit guest blog posts for Clavier Companion's ThePianoMag Blog, and we begin this series with Music Teacher's Helper.

“Every artist was first an amateur.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Over the years, as a professional musician, I have often heard the term ‘amateur’ used in a pejorative sense. It is frequently used to mean someone who is a second-rate musician or artist, or not serious about what they are doing.

Yet what does the term amateur actually mean? The original word derives from the Latin ‘amator’, lover, from ‘amare’ to love. And how often do we experience that an amateur can be more in love with what they are doing than a professional?