daniel shah student of the month for october

Congratulations to Daniel Shah on being Taalim School’s Student of the Month for October 2012.

Here is an inspiring reflection by Daniel on his one-year journey with tabla thus far.

I’m Dan and I’m at student at the Taalim School of Music. I was born and raised in Edison, New Jersey and have lived there all my life. I am currently a junior at John P, Stevens High School, and I participate in my school’s Key Club and Model United Nations. I began playing Tabla a little over a year ago in August of 2011. I was interested in learning an instrument and my parents suggest that I learn Tabla so I took them up on their suggestion. Initially I struggled playing as my hands and my body were both as hard as rocks, and I could barely make a sound. However, I didn’t let this discourage me and after about two months of playing I began to show signs of improvement. This type of progression is what I enjoy about Tabla. I can see myself gradually improve over time so when I manage to overcome a challenge I have with Tabla, it’s extremely satisfying. Tabla keeps me occupied because I am always faced with challenges that test me and I’m always pushed by Jin to keep on trying to be better. I’m always trying to get better and I appreciate the sense of accomplishment that comes with it. Tabla has also taught me about patience as when I started playing I thought that is was important for me to learn how to play loudly, but soon I came to realize that there was more to Tabla than playing loudly. I had to learn to account or the quality of the notes, the rhythm, my speed, and the tempo before I could even think about playing loudly. Knowing that it takes so much to make a good musician allows me to appreciate the time and effort another musician took to refine his skill. Now I keep Tabla as one of my main priorities so I can continue to see myself improve and learn more about music.


Watch Daniel’s video below and don’t forget to leave a comment.