As a self taught pianist of around 8 years who now studies music and takes personal lessons, I have had a bit of both worlds. Having years of experience in learning songs by ear, yet little experience with reading notation until just a few years ago, I am primarily an aural musician.

Although reading music is certainly essential is some cases, I think so many people neglect the ear and creativity which self taught musicians predominantly have. Maybe the key is to achieve a delicate balance of the two.

There are numerous points to be made on the subject and this is just something to start off with. What are your stories and opinions of self taught musicians in contrast with non-self taught?