When children can imagine, they can envision solutions to problems. They can imagine what it’s like to be someone or something else, which helps develop empathy. They can find answers to the question, “What if?” And they can plan full and satisfying futures. For children, creativity is also important because it means there is no one right answer, which provides them opportunities to succeed. This, in turn, fosters feelings of mastery and enhances self-concept. - Rae Pica
Einstein recognized an unexplainable connection between music and science and often attributed his scientific insight and intuition to music. “If I were not a physicist,” he once said, “I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music ... I get most joy in life out of music.” When faced with a moment of unclarity, Einstein would sit down at the piano and play just a few keys, after which he would get up saying; “There, now I’ve got it,” Something in the music would guide his thoughts in new and creative directions.
Playing, creating and improvisation music, and creating musical composition, are highly engaging processes that activate multiple areas of the brain and help us to develop greater creative capacity. By creating and playing music taps into certain parts of the brain — those responsible for logic, critical thinking, judgment and even self-protection, as it is on activating others. Brain imaging to shows the neural underpinnings of spontaneous artistic creativity through musical performance, from jazz improvisation to freestyle rap. They’ve found that brain areas deactivated during improvisation are the same as those at rest during dreaming and meditation (other rich states for imagination and creativity), while activated areas include those controlling language and sensorimotor skills. These are just some reasons why music is substantial to everyday life in adults and children and why the performing arts are a key in development and human creativity.
We here at the Dark Horse Performing Arts Foundation envision a world in which the joy of music making is a precious element of daily living for everyone; a world in which every child, teen and adult have a deep desire to learn music and a recognized right to be encouraged and to praised; and in which every adult is a passionate champion and defender of that right.
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"When we sing or create music, we use all the parts of the brain: left, right, front, and back. All these parts collaborate. That is very unique! Music is complex; that is, it uses so many aspects of a person's being." Hanne Deneire, composer.
Quoted in "Appreciating Music as a Foundational Aspect of Creativity" by Joanne Foster. Feb. 3, 2018
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