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Bruce Sklar on Music Education and the 21st Century Workplace

In this article from the Burlington Free Press entitled Music Classes Fuel Society’s Need for Creativity, the article’s author and jazz educator Bruce Sklar echoes many of the themes stated here repeatedly regarding the role of music education in preparing students for the workplace (I guess everyone enjoys a little validation every once in a while!).

In the piece, Bruce and others observe that musicians have the ability to “Synthesize new ideas from existing materials or data” and develop skills that are needed in the 21st century.

Musicians are quick on their feet and have the ability to improvise.

Music education helps develop Discipline, Teamwork, and Leadership (3 of the 9 Lessons from music education that we identified in Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music).

Bravo, Bruce!

Music Education Advocacy Quote of the Day

“Without that creative brain, you’re not going to get great history teachers someday. You’re not going to get great free-thinking politicians and great free-thinking urban designers. Those are the people musicians really are. That’s where that funding should be considered.”

And how many voices aren’t heard because it’s not a real part of the curriculum?”

Joe Santa Maria,
Excerpt from Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music
by Craig M. Cortello