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June 16, 2014

What We Can Learn From Music

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 6:10 pm

I would like to talk about music and how it relates to us.

I love music. I even tried to learn to play the piano – and took lessons for 2 years – at the ripe old age of 51. But I am not very good and have since stopped taking lessons (I know, I should restart!) My true love is gospel vocal music. I have been in many choirs over the years and have learned a lot from these experiences. Several years ago when preparing for a vocal concert as part of a large symphony choir, our conductor talked to us about errors i.e. we were making lots of mistakes. Maestro Vodnoy stated that there are 3 types of errors (he assumed, and I agree, that all musicians want to make beautiful music). These errors are:

1. The musician knows they made an error and knows how to correct the error. In this case, no action is required because the Maestro knows that next time the musician will correct his or her own error.

2. The musician does not know they made an error, but has the skill and knowledge how to correct it. In which case it is the Maestro’s job to respectfully point out the error and proceed.

3. The musician does not know how to correct their error and may not have the skill. In this circumstance the Maestro must become the teacher and coach.

We are all musicians and Maestro’s at different instances. In other words, depending on the scenario, sometimes we are the players, sometimes the coach; sometimes we are the manager, sometimes the worker. Job titles and position does not determine who is the teacher and who is the student. Throughout our careers, we must learn new skills and execute our part with precision. When we are the Maestro, we must respectfully point out errors and train our musicians to new levels of skill as needed.

The choir will only make beautiful music when every member sings their part correctly and with heart. The results will be a beautiful song.



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