Recognizing Genius: Rubber Bands and Dresser Drawers

Gene Weingarten has an interesting anecdote in the weekend Washington Post on how violinist Joshua Bell’s parents recognized his talent at the very young age of 4:

One biographically intriguing fact about Bell is that he got his first
music lessons when he was a 4-year-old in Bloomington, Ind. His
parents, both psychologists, decided formal training might be a good
idea after they saw that their son had strung rubber bands across his
dresser drawers and was replicating classical tunes by ear, moving
drawers in and out to vary the pitch.


  1. Michelle says:

    There is a great response to the Joshua Bell article by a NYC subway musician in her blog:
    She interprets the situation differently from the Washington Post reporters… I thought you might find it interesting.