Piotr Gajewski: A Local Conductor and Pioneer of Early Music Education

It was a piano in his grandparent’s house that initially attracted Piotr Gajewski to music. Although no one in his family were trained musicians, music was always apart of his life. He started playing piano when he was four, and that initial contact with the ivory keys resulted in a lifetime love affair with music.

“There was a piano in my grandfather’s house,” explained Gajewski, who grew up in Poland. “They were always playing it, so I wanted to do the same.”

That deeply routed passion inspired Gajewski to continue his education in music and pursue a musical career.

The initiative was the organization’s way of addressing the growing costs and associated concerns of live concerts. Cost can be a big deterrent for a family looking to experience the arts.

The organization also does annual concerts for all second-grade students in Montgomery County, reaching over 12,000 students every year.

“The school system has noticed an increase in interest in instrumental music in the school children,” Gajewski said. “That leads to kids taking music lessons. And kids taking music lessons do better in academics than kids that don’t.”

Whether it is a piano, trumpet, violin, flute or even the tuba, Gajewski urges more kids to experiment with picking up and playing instruments.

“How well or quickly a kid progresses really has little to do with natural talent and more to do with intensive time spent with the chosen instrument,” he said.  Allow a child to explore. “If it’s a forced thing, it’s not nearly as quick or as rewarding.”

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