Monday, May 16, 2011

Music Can Spark Creativity in Math and Science

Music can spark creativity in math and science. While this may seem mostly relevant to education, the fact that music is related to creativity should catch the attention of businesses who employ creative workers. As Parag Chordia, director of the Music Intelligence Lab at Georgia Tech, observes,

To be a great engineer; to really produce innovative products and to advance the frontiers of science, you have to be creative. And it's not just that music is a diversion or an extracurricular, but it's actually something that's fundamental to life and mind.

Employees should be encouraged to listen to, play, and understand the nature of music. One can make the same argument for employees reading, writing, and understanding the nature of literature, particularly poetry, for the same reason: both music and literature emphasize patterns, improving pattern-matching and -formation, and they also improve retention.

Chordia also observes that, "Creativity lies at the heart of the modern economy."

The entire article is worth reading.

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