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Why Do We Overpraise Successful Young Musicians?

Did you know it’s possible to be successful at all ages?

A young girl in a beige hoodie playing from sheet music on an upright piano. Behind her, the teacher is ready to turn the page for her. We can see the teacher’s arm but not their face.

As a musician, I’m all too familiar with articles about child prodigies and “Top 30 Musicians Under 30" lists.

All of these people essentially have the same life. They have extraordinary technical and musical ability on an instrument for their age and win many…



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Viola Geena

Formerly Viola Altiste. Canadian writer who happens to be a violist in a symphony orchestra. All opinions are my own. Twitter: @violageena