Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
While the study of two musical instruments is time-consuming, it can reap benefits in widening a student’s horizons.
If a pupil plays only piano for years on end he may deny himself the rich experience of participating in an orchestra or small ensemble. And while it’s true that some pianists manage to grab a score in Junior High with a token part in the midst of blaring brass, or heaving saxophones, it’s not enough. Keeping rhythm but being muted into the background does not equal a thoughtful interaction of voices in a group music setting.
Too often, piano players are in a slush pile of extras, waiting for a chorus line call that never comes.