Throughout history, it wasn't a secret to the great minds.
The Father of Science, Galileo, played a major role in the Scientific Revolution and supported the idea that the Earth revolved around the Sun. Considered forever to be a genius, music played a central role in Galileo's development. Music lead him to many important discoveries in new physics that still hold true today.
One of the greatest minds of all time, and the original "Renaissance Man," Leonardo Da Vinci was centuries ahead of his time with his futuristic inventions, and timeless with his epic paintings such as "The Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper." Some of his inventions were never built until many years after his death. His imagination was just too far ahead of the technical capabilities of his time. Leonardo also had a talent for music during his early development years as an apprentice. He sang and played several musical instruments. It is considered that music was only second to painting in his artistic abilities.
Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States, practiced the violin 3 hours a day. He was the founder of what later become known as Jeffersonian Democracy, a political philosophy. He was chosen as the author of The Declaration of Independence because he was known as a fine writer with an incredible command of the language. He was a proficient violinist and had an extensive catalog of sheet music. Jefferson called music "this favorite passion of my soul."
Steven Spielberg is considered one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. He is known for films such as Jaws, E.T., Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, and Schindler's List. Spielberg played the clarinet in grade school and high school. He collects film scores as a hobby and once said that "If I weren't a filmmaker, I'd probably be in music." Learning music certainly influenced Spielberg, and it helped him develop the creativity required to be a visionary filmmaker.
Throughout the ages, music has been at the center of consciousness for the great minds of the world. Music influenced their thinking and sparked their creativity. This phenomenon shook the world and made contributions to society. Many of the great minds have always known that there is a musical link between education, imagination, and discovery. Learning music must have a permanent place in education and development. The past proved it. The present is forgetting it. The future must take hold of it yet again. Let's reclaim our legacy of excellence.
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Written by Tony Margiotta - Founder of The Musiconomy
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