As a new school year approaches, we are reminded that music programs are being reduced or eliminated in many schools around the country. What does that mean for the kids? Is music important, really important, in the development of children? This topic was brought to the forefront of our attention by an unlikely source
At a recent industry show we were treated to a performance from New York Yankee great Bernie Williams on Guitar. Like many others, we associate Bernie with baseball and athletic achievement, not music. Big mistake on our part – he was outstanding and educational. During his performance he spoke about his book, Rhythms of the Game. In short, the book discusses the importance of music on Bernie’s athletic development and creates a direct correlation between the two.
Bernie Williams is not the first to suggest a direct relationship between sports and music. The very basic premise is that music, through timing and rhythm, can help the same qualities in athletic performance. For another article on the topic, see this music and sports article.
We don’t need to go into the science here; our purpose is to make sure you include music training as part of your child’s development – even if you’re sure he or she is the next great one on the sports field. We at Raw Talent are as proud of the teaching curriculum in Raw Talent Guitar as we are the tools and extras. We’re convinced, as Bernie is, of the benefits of learning guitar.
And just because Bernie is classically training, don’t be fooled – he can rock. Check out his performance this year in New York with Twisted Sister playing “We’re Not Gonna Take It”.