When I started to write about talent, geniuses and musicality, I was amazed to discover how much these subjects attract people. However, on the contrary, it is not so surprising because almost every one of us has tried or would like to try a musical instrument. The reason is not coincidental. There are a lot of researchers that connect the strong relationship between children‘s cognitive abilities and their musical experiences.
One of the most famous books on this subject is “Mozart Effect” by Don Kemble. Although almost every serious musicologist tried to criticize Kemble, for the first time in history the public understood and learned about the connection between music, creativity and therapy through. This approach became widespread and the book became a best seller. Soon enough Kemble’s theory was adapted the commercial market, and “Baby Einstein” was born. As a result of watching the videos, every family with children under 12, like me, can recognize the famous music by Mozart, Vivaldi and Beethoven.
Back to my story… I didn’t tell you, and in fact I didn’t intend to tell you in the beginning of writing this blog, that as a seven-year old girl I had a learning disability. Do you know the children who daydream in the class, talk to trees, look at the sky and don’t write anything in their notebooks? Today these children are defined as ADD and they are given pills. I was one of them. I couldn’t write until I was 8 years old, so my mother asked my teacher to write my homework. It was not a bad arrangement when I think of it… I was enjoying school so much that I was absent it five out of the six days per week. Eventually, I visited school only on Friday (the shortest day of the week in my country) after my mother begged me to go to school.
Maybe because music was one of the few things in my life at the time that had significant and meaning to me and made me stand out as a unique child. When I played my music, I was proving something special; I was different from other children. Also, when I played together with my peers in recorder groups developed my strength of being part of a team.
I still remember climbing up the little hill happily after school to go to my recorder group lessons and. I also played (not practiced of course) at home.
When I think about my disability and how I handled it, another famous example comes into my mind.
Do you know this guy?
So, how can you explain his success?
What is the secret that will lead us to significant amount of success stories like Phelps in sports and others in music?
Can you tell me about a musical hero or a personal role model who has a similar story like Phelps?
Let’s stop here for a moment after reading my educational history. What do you think is the outcome of my academic track record?
Looking forward to your comments, insights and interesting links.