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.