At the age of 19, Melody Gardot was struck by an SUV while riding a bicycle in a nearly fatal accident. In this interview, Melody discusses her amazing story of how music therapy faciliated her recovery, and ultimately led to a career as a world-renowned recording artist on the Verve recording label.
My book Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music is now available for viewing or download at Google Docs (.pdf file). Please spread the word to music students, educators, and music education/arts advocates.
The reality for music students is that they will either pursue music/music education as a profession (in which case they will have the need to articulate the importance of music education) or they will enter the workforce outside of music (in which case they will have to articulate to a prospective employer the benefits of music education that are universally applicable in the workplace).
This compilation of interviews with 32 CEOs and business leaders who played music as a child or adolescent is a great resource in either of those efforts.
Note: All materials available for reprint with author acknowledgment and website reference (BusinessMusician.com)
My interview with Bob Dorough, Music Director of Schoolhouse Rock, the animated series of school lessons set to music. Bob composed such classics as “Conjunction Junction” and “Three is a Magic Number,” and is also an accomplished jazz singer/songwriter/pianist whose extensive list of credits includes having recorded with Miles Davis. Bob discusses the genesis of the Schoolhouse Rock series, behind the scenes stories on the recording process, and the legacy of his contribution. (Note: interview conducted in 2008 – the New DVD that was in the works at the time of the interview entitled Schoolhouse Rock Earth! is now available).
Thoughts on Music, The Universal Lessons of Music Education, Creativity, and Life