Article: Is Music the Key to Success?

A New York Times article by Joanie Lipman entitled, “Is Music the Key to Success?”

Many of these concepts mentioned here are, in my opinion, fundamental to becoming what most people would call “successful.” Music forces you to think in a way that no other art form does; it causes you to consider others more important (though you still play an important role) at times, forces you to intake multiple stimuli at once, and causes you to learn technical skills that are incredible. It is also a great help with those who struggle in reading: the decoding process must be done at a forced rate, and this helps with fluency in reading books (also, finding books a child likes is helpful). I have been told that some of my long-time piano students (one slightly autistic) have made improvements in reading, verbalization, and in handwriting at school. Music is great!


About Lady Fair

Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family. If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music." Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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