Using Music to Think Creatively

web by | Jul 13, 2015 | Music and Arts Education

Creativity and Its Importance Those who are able to think outside the box are the innovators and the problem solvers shaping society. Designing technology, producing culture, finding solutions – all require a unique and inventive perspective to build on what has been previously developed. In today’s society, being a creative thinker is one of the most valuable traits you can possess. New jobs are constantly emerging, meaning innovative thinking is all the more critical- it translates into any situation. In order to succeed in a dynamic environment, it is necessary that you think creatively. Are We Born Creative? While many adults would deny that they themselves fit the description “creative”, it is largely theorized that these same people do in fact start out with a creative mindset. The capacity to learn and understand is innate in childhood and translates as a need to create and disassemble for comprehension. At the age of five a child is operating at 80% of their creative capacity, while a child at the age of 12 is using around 2% of that. Instead of using their creativity, children are encouraged to focus on the routine memorization that is required in a traditional education setting. How to Foster Your Creativity It is apparent that we are all born with an instinctive sense of creativity that comes from seeking to understand the world. Yet, when this is not being fostered, that mindset begins to grow stale with age. What music and art programs such as Scarsdale Strings offer is an environment to cultivate the creative mindset through alternative means of experimentation. The Effects of Music on...