“Consider the qualities these high achievers say music has sharpened: collaboration, creativity, discipline and the capacity to reconcile conflicting ideas. All are qualities notably absent from public life. Music may not make you a genius, or rich, or even a better person. But it helps train you to think differently, to process different points of view — and most important, to take pleasure in listening.” – Joanne Lipman
This quote is from “Is Music The Key?” an article in The New York Times that discusses the impact of music lessons into life lessons and on future endeavors. Click here to read the full article.
Joanna Lipman reveals and talks to professional people who had serious lives as musicians: Condeoleezza Rice, Alan Greenspan (Federal Reserve), Bruce Kovner (hedge fund billionaire), Paul Allen (Microsoft co-founder), Woody Allen, Paula Zahn (television broadcaster), Chuck Todd (NBC chief White House correspondent), Andrea Mitchell (NBC), Roger McNamee (venture capitalist), Larry Page (Google co-founder), Steven Spielberg, and James D. Wolfensohn (World Bank president).
To sum up the article, music as a passion, has various roles and vehicles for musicians:
-helps them connect to others and understand others
-a way to learn to work hard and practice to see results
-as a diversion
-as an enjoyment
-a way to visualize all the connections between notes and people
-provide a sense of balance
-collaboration: to learn how to work as a team to be a leader and follower
-as a creative channel
-develop the ability to listen
-learn to focus
Music is a powerful and dynamic influence in our lives. It is our job to keep music education alive and strong in our schools and country to reap the key benefits.