Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice trained as a classical pianist. Economist and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan was a professional clarinet and saxophone player. Billionaire Bruce Kovner founded and ran one of the most successful hedge funds in the country; he was also a pianist who took classes at Juilliard
The Link Between Music Study and Academic Achievement
Numerous studies link music study to academic achievement. What exactly is it about music training that seems to lead to success in other fields?
This phenomenon extends beyond the math-music association. Many high achievers say that music opened up the pathways to creative thinking. And their experiences suggest that music training sharpens other qualities: collaboration; the ability to listen; a way of thinking that weaves together disparate ideas; the power to focus on the present and the future simultaneously.
“I’ve always believed the reason I’ve gotten ahead is by outworking other people. It’s a skill learned by playing that solo one more time, working on that one little section one more time, and it translates into working on something over and over again, or double-checking or triple-checking. There’s nothing like music to teach you that eventually, if you work hard enough, it does get better. You see the results.”
For more information about how music Study translates to success in all areas of life, the New York Times’ article “Is Music the Key to Success?“