I’m hoping to draw on your collected wisdom and experience for some advice on my son’s musical development. He’s 11 years old, has just completed his ABRSM grade 3 piano, and we need to make sure we go in the right direction from here.
He’s already decided that he’d like to be a professional musician, and while he’s enjoyed playing his exam pieces over the last couple of years, he has no aspiration to become a classical pianist; he wants to be a rock star (Matt Bellamy, to be specific). While not wanting to pour too much cold water on his dream (I was once him), I’ve managed to persuade him that the more realistic aim of becoming a session-player would be a great platform from which to launch his bid for stardom.
So with this in mind, we need to plan his tuition for the next few years. Until very recently, I hadn’t really considered formal tuition in other styles (Jazz, Rockschool, etc.) and had assumed that he would continue down the classical route for his formal training. However, I’m now wondering whether one of these other syllabuses is worth pursuing, and whether it would be an ‘instead of’ or ‘in addition to’ his classical training?
Thanks in advance.