It Takes Time

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For a 1993 study three psychologists went to the music academy of West Berlin which has a global reputation for producing world class violinists.  They identified 10 violinists who were the best students.  They could become international soloists.  Then another 10 students who were good and who could make a living with a symphony orchestra.  And finally 10 students who were going to be music teachers.  The psychologists conducted detailed interviews with all 30 students.  All of them started taking lessons around age 8.  All had decided to become musicians around 15.  All of them dedicated 50.6 hours a week to music, taking classes, listening, practicing, and performing.  The amount of time the violinists in the top two groups spent practicing on their own was 24.3 hours a week compared to 9.3 for the bottom group.  Everything in the lives of the violinists in the top two groups seemed to revolve around training and recovery from training.  The top two groups slept 60 hours a week compared to 54.6 for the bottom group.  The group headed to becoming soloists had 7,410 hours of practice by age 18.  The Orchestra violinists had 5,301 hours and the music teachers had 3,420 hours.  Basically they concluded that what you might think was innate talent was the product of years of accumulated practice.  The practice hours were the same for expert pianists.  Expert musicians regardless of the instrument have 10,000 hours of practice by age 20.  John 15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches.  He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."

Bill Roberts is the Ministerial Director for the Washington Conference