# Thoughts on music
I recently saw a video of Victor Wooten sharing his thoughts on
teaching music. He suggested that music should be taught as speech.
When you learn how to talk, you start just babbling for a while.
What you're saying doesn't make any sense, but your babbling is
encouraged, imitated and natuarally imroves through playful
interactions with people who are proficient. No one will stop a
child mid-babbling and tell them to repeat themselves until they get
it absolutely right. They're expected to suck at it for a few years.
Everyone trusts that fluent speech will emerge in this chaos.
He explained that his family were all musicians and that he never
took formal music lessons, but learned how to play in this way. I
think there is merit to this idea. Victor Wooten is a bass guitar
virtuoso. Maybe some of his skill can be chalked up to innate
talent, but starting early in an environment that encouraged musical
play probably had a profound effect on his musical development.
Personally, I was given a cheap electronic keyboard when I was maybe
nine years old. No one told me what to do with it, but just I played
around. My parents aren't musicians, and my older brother wasn't
interested, so I was on my own in this. I play a bunch of musical
instruments today and have sequenced a ton of computer music. I'm
pretty good at the latter, but I'm not that good with any of the
instruments. In hindsight I've often thought that I should have
taken lessons. My mother asked me if I wanted to on some occasions
and I declined, not too excited about the idea of going to another
school after school.
Perhaps the best environment for me would have been one like Wooten
describes, though. If I have kids of my own, I hope to be able to
give them that opportunity.