Neil Moore is the founder of Simply Music, a company that provides piano instruction methodology that Neil developed. When I interviewed him in the research for my book Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music, he spoke of the importance of music in people’s lives, as expressed by the participants of the focus groups that he speaks to:
“When I get in rooms of people, and I have lots of opportunity to do this, I say, ‘Tell me what it really means to you that you have the ability to play music.’ And it is eye-opening when people who’ve been able to keep music as a companion are asked, ‘What are the five most important things in life – period?’ Even though the order is different, people usually say:
❑ Their spiritual relationship
❑ Their relationship with their spouse and children
❑ Their physical well-being
❑ Their financial well-being
“It might be in a different order for different people, but typically people who’ve kept music late into their lives rank it as being one of the five most important things in their life.”
Simply amazing. If we take music education out of our schools, I wonder what we can replace it with that people will consider one of the five most important things in their lives?
Listen to an audio excerpt from my interview with Neil.
(Excerpted from Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music, printed with permission from the author. The book is a compilation of 32 profiles of CEOs and business professionals who played music as a child or adolescent and view that experience as a defining one in preparing them for success in their business endeavors.)