Learning Life Lessons Through Music Lessons

Beautiful music beautiful childrenThis past week my 13 year old son performed in the NYC Opera Renaissance production of Tosca.  We luckily got to see it before the blizzard (Snowmaggedon 2016) hit on the weekend and the show was lovely.  For my son, I think it is one of those experiences in which he was irrevocably changed.  It was a life changing experience, one in which you can never be the person you were before it.   It was like walking through a door that closed behind you to the life you had before.

Life’s Doors

Novelists and screenwriters know this concept well as this is what has to happen in a successful story.  Their character needs to move through some life-changing turning points, a door that closes behind them.  

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.

Einstein on Music

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

 

 

A Growth Mindset for Music Teachers

Deepak Chopra quote on music

As teachers, I’m certain we are all believers of the “growth mindset” – meaning we believe people can change. But, do we truly live this by example?

The results in your life – good or bad – are the direct results of your thoughts and actions.

As we all tend to get a bit more reflective on our lives at the end of the year and start planning our goals, here’s some beliefs that I want to fully embrace.

1) Negative emotions are change signals.

When you are feeling negative emotions, it’s like a warning light on your mental dashboard for a change. Something needs to change, whether it’s an action you are taking (or not), the environment you are in and the people you are surrounding yourself with.