As a music teacher, you probably know how hard it is to get your students motivated to keep
practicing. While parents may push and you may do all you can to encourage, sometimes it just isn’t
enough to get them going. Whenever I’m looking for a good dose of practicing inspiration, I watch a
movie. Here are a few of my favorite movies featuring musicians as protagonists:
1. The Legend of 1900
In this movie based originally on an Italian novel, Tim Roth plays an orphaned piano prodigy who is
born on a cruise ship, where he plays the piano for the ship’s guests. Known only as 1900, the pianist
struggles leaving the ship, being consumed for his love of music and fearful of the world beyond it.
Perhaps the most invigorating part of the movie is where he challenges Jelly Roll Morton to a piano
duel aboard the luxury ocean liner.
2. August Rush [···]