MORE IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ON THE IMPACT OF PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT
"The theory of relativity occurred to me by intuition, and music is the driving force behind this intuition. My parents had me study the violin from the time I was six. My new discovery is the result of musical perception…I see my life in terms of music."– Albert Einstein
Until recently, humans almost never had access to hearing music. But now without knowing it, people engage with symphonic music on a regular basis. Think about it. Hollywood and the gaming industry extensively use symphonic music in their movies and games. The symphonic music uniquely enables emotion to imbue images with feeling and verbal dialogue with context. If you were to turn off the symphonic music, the images and dialogue within movies and games would come across as cold and incomplete.
This is because the viewer would lack the emotional experience that comes from the music. Yet few make the connection between the benefits to society from movies and games that come from society having access to symphonic music. And even fewer people understand the impact that playing on an instrument has on stimulating creativity.
This is important to understand because in the near future the era of human labor will be ending and the era of human creativity will begin. This era will be launched when the technology of quantum computing, artificial intelligence and big data is integrated within cloud-based apps. These apps will create new business ecosystems by replacing human labor in engineering, medicine, finance, science and dozens of other fields. These new ecosystems will quickly scale throughout the world. The end result will be exponentially more disruptive than the industrial revolution. We can see evidence of this already starting to happen. (Click here for more in-depth information on the future with technology apps)
In this new era, a consensus will begin to develop how the unique human potential for creativity will be the only advantage over technology, no matter how powerful technology becomes. At that point, the hard skills learned through standard education will become useless without the human also having the ability to stimulate creativity. That means, for humans to be relevant in the future, they will have to bring something new and creative to their work and learning every single day. Within this type of thinking there will be nearly unlimited potential for self-growth, which has been labeled by Psychology as a ‘growth mindset’. This creative growth mindset is what will define human professional and personal success. The humans that have creativity will be able to use all advancing technology as tools and the humans that don’t have creativity will be made obsolete by that same technology. (Click here for more in-depth information on the future requirement for creativity)
In the future it will be recognized there is a very powerful self-reinforcing loop in which the creative act of expressing music is what stimulates more creativity. Consequently, it will be understood that playing an instrument will be a required cognitive workout in order to be successful in business and science. Just like it is currently understood that lifting weights is a required physical workout in order to be successful in sports and athletics. Here are some current resources that substantiate this paradigm:
How The Brain Is Affected By Music:
Music training can change children’s brain structure and boost decision-making network | Children’s Brain Develop Faster With Exposure To Music, Study Proves | The science of why music improves our memory and verbal intelligence | Does Music Training Enhance Literacy Skills? A Meta-Analysis | The Relationship Between Music Education and Brain Development | ARTSpeaks Full Lecture: Music and the Brain | Music Education and Brain Development | How Musical Training Affects Cognitive Development: Rhythm, Reward and other Modulating Variables | Music and the Brain (Diagram) | Music Boosts Brain Connectivity Study | Broader Minded | QZ.Com Article | IDEAS.TED Article | NAMM Foundation Research | Time Magazine Article | Psychology Today Article | Scientific Study | TEDEd Video | Albert Einstein Article | The remarkable ‘plasticity’ of musicians’ brains
How Education Is Affected By Music:
Study finds ensemble music programs positively affect students' character, competence| Taking Music Lessons Positively Impacts Children's Academic Performance | Early Childhood | The impact of instrumental music learning on attainment at age 16: a pilot study | Arts activities help children's social and emotional development, review of research shows| What if every child had access to music education from birth? | Study: Music Education Could Help Close The Achievement Gap Between Poor And Affluent Students | Music in Mind Evaluation| The Power of Music | Derelict School Becomes National Leader by Making a Surprising Subject Compulsory | Benefits of Musical Education (Infographic) | High school students who study music perform better at math, English, and science
How Success Is Affected By Music:
Music is a powerful contributor to young people’s wellbeing | More Evidence That Trained Musicians Are Superior Thinkers | Music Makes Youth Makes | Is Music the Key to Success? | Your Taste In Music says a lot about Your Bank Account | Music also matters in the real world