Musical Quotes Parents

What is the most powerful thing to teach all children?

The most powerful thing to teach all children

We parents care deeply about giving our children the best chances possible.  But we share similar fears:  What if they get in with the wrong crowd?  What if they are not as resilient as we wish?  What if they lose their confidence and their way?

As long as our kids are self empowered, find their purpose, voice and happiness, we have done our jobs as parents.

In the future, when artificial intelligence and robots eliminate many current jobs, what skills are ones machines cannot replace?

I believe it’s creativity combined with curiosity and passion that make us undeniably human.  It’s the unexpected spark of joy that comes when combining disparate unrelated ideas to make something new and familiar at the same time that helps solve a problem.

Learning to make music activates creativity, curiosity and passion.  It also teaches skills that directly transform the lives of our children.   The skills of focus, practice, listening, harmonization, perseverance, public performance and so many more all are activated by music.  Music lessons are an excellent path for personal development.

Here’s a manifesto for our new world.

We Believe in Music

We are resonance souls,

all made of sound

Each a string on a splendid harp

Echoing one great song

We find our voice

A song which we alone were born to sing

To warm hearts and light the path

Of all our true selves

– A manifesto for parents, teachers and Musicolor teachers everywhere.


Professional Development

Rapport and How To Teach A Student Who Doesn’t Look Like You

“I’m black so my teacher needs to be black.”

Nobody said this, yet.  

But, a study has found a correlation between the performance achievement of black children and whether or not they had a black teacher.  The results seem to suggest that black children would fare better if taught by a teacher that looks more like them.  

“There’s mounting evidence that when black students have black teachers, those students are more likely to graduate high school. That new study takes this idea even further, providing insight into the way students actually think and feel about the teachers who look like them and those who don’t.”  Read more at

While still not conclusive, the studies do suggest something more than chance is happening.  

But hold on.

Is it just the race and color of the teacher that is truly affecting results here?   Because if so, it sounds like we should all be living in segregated communities!   

Looking deeper, I’m wondering about several factors.  

First, the curriculum that was used by the teachers – was it any different for different populations?  Could it be that the curriculum was better suited because the teachers understood their students deeper?

What about rapport between the teachers and students?  

Not every teacher knows how to take time to build rapport.

It’s like a salesperson who doesn’t take the time to know what you are looking for and repeatedly shoves their product in your face.  If the teacher were to be successful with selling their information (the coursework), they would need to take some time to understand their customers (the students.)

Start With Rapport

In the Musicolor Method®, we begin with seven core principles.  It’s a framework for teaching.  Number one is the importance of Rapport.  Without rapport, you have no trust and no flow of information.  We discuss this in detail in the training.  

Think about the best teachers you have had in your life.  No doubt, there was a rapport between them and you.  Rapport is more than looking like your teacher.  It’s about caring, honesty, and trust.  

Mr. Andy Blackett

The teacher who made the most difference in my life was not Asian, not Caucasian, but African-American.  I’m Asian.  Maybe I was attracted to him because we were one of the few non-whites in the building.  But why he so thoroughly affected me and changed my life was all down to one thing.

He cared.

He cared about me more than just doing well in his class.  He cared about me as a person.  And thus, he knew how to help me with issues far beyond knowing the correct voicing of chords or how to read figured bass.  

He gave me confidence and helped me to build a mindset of competence and perseverance.  And through this trust, I flourished as a student in his class and all of my classes.

Here’s what I think.  

If you’re looking to make a difference in the lives of your students, it doesn’t matter whether you look like them.  It matters whether you care about them.  We’re all human with the same needs, desires, fears, and dreams.  Show your love and it will transform their lives and yours.

What are your thoughts?  

Please share in the comments below.