At iOi we’re passionate about interdisciplinary skills and promoting the value of learning as more than just for education. Our IM theme Learning and play explores this fascinating link. However, as this EdSurge podcasts shows us, the collaboration and experimentation that comes with music education can contribute to lifelong flourishing as well.
If you were fortunate enough to have music education in school, what were those classes like? Did you pick up an instrument—say, a recorder or violin, and learn how to play the scale and simple melodies? Did you listen to the classics and learn about the history of music?
Musicians and music educators alike say that learning music is so much more than just playing an instrument, or learning about your favourite artists. It’s a window into other disciplines – and life skills – and teaches you how to learn and get along.
That’s what Lorrie Murray, executive director of the Bay Area Music Project, told EdSurge late last year. And it’s a sentiment echoed by a rock legend, Steven van Zandt, who most people have heard (as a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) or watched (as the mobster Silvio Dante in The Sopranos).
Murray and van Zandt are the guests on this EdSurge podcast, and they share their different approaches to music education. Both say that although music may not be a lifestyle and profession for everyone, it can teach everybody lifelong lessons.