My Classical Music Education Philosophy

The Greek Pianist and Teacher, as well as our HELLO STAGE ambassador, Kosmas Lapatas shares his thoughts on classical music eduction - share your opinion in the comments below!
"I believe that Classical Music should be taught to anyone and everyone without exception.

Classical Music connects children with the past, the present, and the future and gives them something in which to take pride. All children should be able to understand and appreciate music and its importance in this life. The purpose of Classical Music education is to teach a universal language to children, one that they will be able to use no matter where they are, for the rest of their lives.

Classical Music is an indispensable tool for any child. It boosts their concentration and self-discipline and also improves their general listening and social skills. It also adds a tremendous organizing quality to the brain and aids in developing memory, emotion and mood. Children involved in Classical Music have sharper minds and are less likely to suffer a mental decline. Mastering polyphonic instruments – such as the piano - improves their ability to pick up mistakes and fix them quickly. Children playing the piano have a significantly higher spatial and emotional IQ. Classical Music education and performance give a child increased skills in areas like math and science, researchers know that musicians have some increased cognitive abilities. Children and adults with classical musical training have heightened skills in an area called executive functioning. This involves the mental processes that allow the brain to plan, focus attention, remember instruction and successfully juggle multiple tasks.

Classical Music education allows for increased cognitive performance. Classical Music education makes any human being operate more effectively from a cognitive perspective, which means the brains of musicians can learn faster, excel at more complex topics and think creatively about problems. Classical musicians are more perceptive than others when they are listening to classical music, observing the nuances and intricacies involved with the repertoire.

Classical Music goes right to the brain and stimulates emotions, allowing people to feel the same things. Classical Music in schools is essential because it helps children to develop skills such as time management, communication, patience, and perseverance.

As a teaching artist (and artist-in-residence) my primary concern is to bring to school students the best Classical Music has to offer. "

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