People often refer to a book opening up worlds to them. So, in turn, does music. Music unlocks learning to connect life to training received. It goes to the very core of who you are. Unless knowledge becomes a part of you, it is not truly useful.
Issac Hayes, composer, arranger, and performer, once said, “Have you ever wondered why young people take to music like fish take to water? Maybe it’s because music is fun. Plain and simple. It opens up their minds to great dreams.” This idea points to a responsibility schools have to enrich education with music.
Imagine a movie is playing. You are captivated. Love is in the air as the music swells during a romantic moment shared between the actors. Suddenly the music changes, causing your adrenaline to pump. The background music triggers your emotions. You become more enraptured with the story unfolding due to the music’s tone better setting the stage.
This is one reason music should be incorporated into the curriculum. Students naturally will be more tuned in if melody serves as a backdrop. It sets the stage. It inspires and enchants. Attaching an emotion to something sets it in one’s memory more securely. Music is especially useful for this.
Music reaches across the curriculum. It also reaches across diverse backgrounds and culture. A teacher’s excitement and enthusiasm naturally produces a like response from the students. Music in particular has a special quality that invokes stimulation.
Plato validates the importance of music in education in the following quote, “I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning.”
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Bradley Smith was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. He was Home Schooled in high school and received his Bachelor’s of Music in 2010 from Cedarville University. He is preparing for his wedding in July 31st to his wonderful fiancee Jessi, who is a talented photographer.
Brad began piano lessons at five years old and continued taking traditional piano lessons through high school. Although he initially showed little interest and potential, he became inspired by attending various musical camps and listening to the beautiful music others were able to create. Eventually Brad won, placed or qualified in national, state and local piano competitions and participated in well-respected camps and seminars.
During his college years, Brad realized that in order to find work he had to become a well-rounded musician, not just a classical pianist. He began playing at weddings, churches and various functions, and accompanied different bands and choirs to learn improvisation techniques and musical styles. He began teaching private students through his own studio and the Music School at Cedarville University, and taught group classes for his studio.
Breathe Piano was established in 2007 to be a refreshing alternative to traditional piano lessons. Brad intends to make the experience of learning to play the piano rewarding, social and fun and teach students to develop the necessary skills and principles to become pianists for a lifetime.
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