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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.

 

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Zoltan Kodaly on Morals and Music

The laws of morals and the laws of music are the same.

Zoltan Kodaly on Music and Morals

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Einstein and Music

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” – Albert Einstein.

 

Smart guy plays music, maybe we should listen and do the same?

 

 

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Education is life itself

 

Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself ⁠— John Dewey

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Music for the mind

There’s a connection between math and music.  It has been discovered that Bach composed many of his masterpieces according to mathematical patterns.  The 12 tone row used in contemporary classical music is basically an algorithm.

Leonardo Fibonacci discovered a sequence of numbers that has been shown to be the underlying pattern of the Universe, in everything from flower petals to seashells to the galaxies themselves.   They have been used in everything from analyzing art to music to the stock market.

And of course, as a music teacher, you have to explain a lot about the distances between notes as intervals as in 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, etc.

 

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I Live My Daydreams In Music

Albert Einstein often mused about the connections between thinking and music. It is the music that powered much of his inspiration.

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Music and color according to Kandinsky

 

The Russian abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky often compared visual art with music.  Here is one of his great quotes:

“A parallel between color and music can only be relative – just as a violin can give warm shades of tone, so yellow has shades, which can be expressed by various instruments.” – Kandinsky

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The true use of music according to a sufi master

 

I received this book as a gift from my friends Fred and Yvonne for my birthday 20 years ago while I was living in a little fishing village on an island off the coast of Hong Kong.  It’s been one of my favorites that I turn to again and again.  In the 20 years since, I’ve moved across the continents, travelled far and wide, changed jobs, careers and then started a family.  This book contains so many pearls and nuggets of wisdom, I cannot recommend it highly enough.  The Music of Life, by Hazrat Inayat Khan is truly life-changing.  Sage words from a Sufi master.

 

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Music can pierce the heart directly

Such great wisdom from the late Dr. Oliver Sacks.  Musicophilia is one of those books that needs to be sipped like a fine wine returning to it again and again to drink in it’s deep clarity.