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Archive for January 2014

While traveling I had the opportunity to catch up on some reading and came across a thought-provoking article by Drew Faust, President of Harvard and Wynton Marsalis, noted classical and jazz musician on “The Art of Learning.”  Dr. Faust and Marsalis espoused that “we need learning that incorporates what the arts teach us.”

Excerpting their article, I’d like to share some of their thoughts with you as you plan your goals and find ways to realize your musical dreams in the coming months:

  • The arts are about imagining beyond the bounds of the known.
  • The arts embrace the past and the future of the human mind and soul.
  • Playing music can be both a model and a metaphor for important aspects of the life we are called to lead.

Music stresses individual practice and technical excellence.
Learning to play or paint, dance, sing or act, means constantly being refashioned, constantly demanding risk.
Dealing with one’s inevitable mistakes is a part of an artist’s education.

Let’s learn to:

  • practice til it hurts,,
  • bravely take the stage,
  • imagine,
  • create and innovate,
  • and, after hitting that wrong note — follow it up with the right one.


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