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Advice for Musicians: “Forget the Notes, Play the Vision” says Benjamin Zander

In a previous post, we discussed the lesson of passion in music education, one of the 9 common lessons of music education that translate into success. In this video at the TED website, Benjamin Zander demonstrates his love for classical music about as passionately as anyone I’ve ever seen.

Here’s an excerpt from his rousing speech in which he explains the importance of understanding the holistic message conveyed in a musical piece:

“I have to stop thinking about every single note along the way, and start thinking about the long, long line from B to E. We just came back from South Africa. You can’t go to South Africa without thinking about Nelson Mandela in jail for 27 years. What was he thinking about? Lunch? No. He was thinking about the vision for South Africa and for human beings. This is about vision. This is about the long line – Like the bird who flies over the field and doesn’t care about the fences underneath. This is about vision. This is about the long line.”

Gustavo Dudamel & The Music Lesson of Passion

Last night we discussed Tavis Smiley’s PBS Special Dudamel: Conducting a Life that profiled the conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic Symphony and examined the many benefits of music education. When you watch Gustavo Dudamel, never is it more evident that a successful life is one that is lived with passion for your work.

One of the 9 Common Lessons of music education that translate into success FROM THE BAND ROOM TO THE BOARD ROOM as identified in my book Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music was PASSION.

Here’s an excerpt from the book that includes one of my favorite quotes from Mark Truman regarding passion in the world of business:

9. Passion (Play it With Feeling)
Hand in hand with finding your unique talents is the discovery of your passions. We have too many people on the planet who are square pegs trying to fit into round holes. They have jobs and no purpose, a living but not a life, and they are avoiding the pursuits that they are uniquely qualified to offer to the world due to fear or complacency.

Yet nothing great was ever achieved without passion.

“When it comes to success in business, the first place that people fall down and fail is by refusing to own up to their actual dream. Rock bands teach us that the actual dream is to be world-famous. To play huge arenas and change people’s lives.

“When people come to business, I wish more of them would say that. Your goal is to change the face of the world through what you do. If more people came to the table like 16 year-old rock musicians, they would find a lot more success and a lot more happiness in the success they find.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Truman, Executive Director & Founder,
Omniac Education
College entrance consulting, tutoring, and test preparation
Guitarist/Vocalist