When I teach music, one of my key values going into every lesson with a student is to tap into the magic of it.
Because when you really think of it, music is really magical. The fact that emotions, drama, narrative, representation and impressions can be achieved through the combination of frequencies and silence is pretty phenomenal.
And that is only the start!
The symmetry of some certain musical patterns, the circle of 4ths and 5ths, the harmonic series, scales are mind bogglingly beautiful in their design.
The combination of elements, both simple and complex, the axes of sound and textures over time, the different sonorities that can be achieved through one instrument, let alone another, I could spend another 10,000 words going on.
If you put yourself in the shoes of a child who is new to all of this, there is a wealth of information that you can be infinitely curious about. When we become adults, I fear that we sometimes lose that sense of curiosity and become jaded. I am privileged to teach because it reminds me of the magic of music, keeps me curious and makes me a better musician yourself.
When I think about the moments where I felt truly engaged in school or in a lesson, it was when a teacher was fully enrolled into the idea that there is magic in what they are teaching.
This is not limited to education.
Within many disciplines, I believe there is an opportunity to create magic.
And if the people you are working for experience that, you are on to a winner.