I like competition. We live in a world of rivalry where everyone wants it bigger, better, and faster, and then they want to tell you about it. If you’re talking about the Olympics or overcoming extreme obstacles, then bring it on; this is competition in its purest form. However, there's a form of competition that just irritates the heck out of me.
While taking lessons and performing in school ensembles are fundamental building blocks for young musicians, also essential are the extra experiences that teach, inspire, and challenge students in new ways – the chance to see quality performers, to perform in a live setting and to learn from visiting musicians.