Should one teach their kids to play an instrument as an outlet??
I can’t imagine what would have happened to me if my parents hadn’t gotten me a teacher for guitar and then keyboard!
If they’re naturally talented, you’ll enable them to make use of Hashem’s gifts. What could be wrong with that?!
People definitely spend years studying and practicing in order to be worse off.
It’s certainly better than reading goyishe books or magazines.
Joseph: Maybe it is better to read books or magazines (as long as it is not devarim asurim mamish) since books and magazines cannot take ones focus away from anything important, you read for 1,2,3,6 hours and than you go back to life. However a musical instrument can change ones focus of life totally.
the Title and OP are completely different questions
Music shows the greatness of the RBSO the level of eight.
Good to know how to play the piano, one of the seven chochmas.
ubiquitin: This is almost a daily occurrence.
Spending endless hours trolling in the coffee room or spending time being mesameach people with your musical talents?
They say a clown has olam habo because he makes people happy.
I think we need look no further than Dovid HaMelech, נעים זמירות ישראל, to answer this question.
I have no musical talent to speak of, but one of my children does, and we are trying to help her cultivate her talent as much as we can.
On a basic level, it’s always best to “go with the grain” of a person’s individual nature for so many reasons.
On a higher level, if Hashem gave someone a talent, it is obviously meant to be utilized למען השם.
On the other hand, if it is not channeled properly there is a danger that it will force itself to be expressed in a negative way.
Teaching your children to play a musical instrument can be a very bad thing—if the child does not want to and is being pressured to spend hours every day practicing violin until his fingers bleed. If the child wants to play a musical instrument, it’s generally a good thing.
practicing violin until his fingers bleed
No pain, no gain.
I have no musical talent to speak of, but one of my children does,
and we are trying to help her cultivate her talent as much as we can.
Musical talent is not required for musical training.
If a music player plays flat notes, it can be painful as someone who is tone deaf davening for the amud on Shabbos or Yomtov. Not everyone could or should learn an instrument. But for some, it is divine.
True. The point I was trying to make is that frustrated talents (and interests) often force themselves to be expressed in a way which could be more detrimental than any supposed danger of cultivating and channeling them properly.
This is not to say that a person who does not have an inborn talent should not pursue a skill in which he is interested.
its a very good thing. but like many others things that you have be careful to use it in a proper way LAAVODAS HASHEM.
How could it be a negative? It’s extremely productive and inspires people to be creative. One could argue that the most tangible aspects of being created in the image of Hashem is that we can also create???