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I thought I would take a month and write down words that describe what I see music doing in my life and in my teaching studio and community.  Hopefully you notice and are equally inspired by some of the same things…

 

Music teaches us and exposes us to new:  

Concepts

Patience

Humility

Logic and reasoning

Math

With beats and time signatures and rhythms

With beats and pitches

With intervals

With triads and chord extensions like 7ths, 9ths, etc

Visual and spatial computations

Timing

Coordination of fingers, hand and mind

Work ethic

Teaches you a visual language using symbols

Teaches x and y math graphic concepts

Form of hands

Posture

Using weight/gravity

Control

Excellence

Perfection

Success

Failure

Trying your best

Pattern recognition

Artistic choices

Creativity

World History

Music history

Geography

Theory

To accept change and diversity

To deal with criticism/critiquing in building character, maturity and respect

Relationship of notes

Relationship of staff lines

To develop consistency

To make and achieve goals

To fail, reassess, regroup and make new goals

To accept challenge

It makes families closer

Share your talents and gifts

Enjoy a relationship with a professional teacher and adult

Get out of your comfort zone

Puzzle and problem-solving skills

It can open you up to discovery in physics of sound, harmonics, calculations, study of wave theory

Engineering skills

Coding skills are created in learning how to compose

Freedom

Keeps you from being bored

Its energizing and exciting to perform

Helps with stage fright and public appearances

Teaches you rules

Reading notation helps you move on to other instruments

Trial and error

Listening skills with a teacher and with the instrument

Playing with a beat and playing against the beat

Teaches you to follow and to lead

Teaches preparation

Mental toughness

Mental concentration

Physical preparedness

Teaches you to time manage

Teaches you to schedule

Rewires your brain

Connects and strengthens the sense of touch with the sense of hearing

Diminishes the need to respond to visual cues as your sense of hearing is heightened

Betters your reaction timing

 

Music can employ you as a:

Music instrument salesman

Composer

Performer

Arranger

Recording engineer

Record producer

Tour accountant

Artist manager

Venue manager

Audio or lighting engineer

Music teacher

Piano tuner

Luthier

Musical Repair Technician

Amplifier builder

Music bookseller

Music software seller

 

It teaches you about:

patience

generosity

perseverance

persistence

to predict

to see and look ahead and to work around road blocks

community

balances your feelings and emotions

empathy

gives you a better understanding of your 5 senses

craftsmanship

 

Music can create:

conversations

happiness

joy

pleasure

sadness

interest

disinterest

art history

world history

civics’ lessons

art appreciation

music appreciation

invention

imagination

cultural diversity

respect of others and of other ideas

respecting and caring for your instrument

understanding the value of a cheap or expensive instrument

understanding repairs and maintenance

can provide fun entertainment

can provide stress relief and anxiety relief

can provide humor

it can help you make friends for life

it can make connections with other groups of similar and different peoples and cultures

and can create symmetry, camaraderie and understanding amongst different people

it can create moods

it can enhance movies, television, a trip to the mall

it can be in the foreground

it can be in the background

it can create memories

it is therapeutic

it can connect an older person with a younger person or the older generation with the newer generation

it creates talking points

it can create value

it can create better communication and understanding

it can create dissonance

it can create dancing

it can create community

it can create love