Does Music Make You Smarter? Competitive Sports Make You Have More Drive?

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     We have 2 kids, 18 & 14.  One of the rules in our family is, you have to engage in at least one extra curricular activity in every year of school. Our kids picked music (yeah, I play 4 instruments and may have pushed a bit). So, Allie plays sax and clarinet, Andy plays piano, guitar, drums and marimba.

     In our home is an upright piano, electric piano, bass guitar, 3 electric guitars, classical guitar, banjo, saxophone, clarinet, drums, and probably some stuff I forgot.

     I believe that playing an instrument and/or playing competitive sports instills a certain mind set in folks. I think it helps a mind to think outside the box and/or instills a drive for people.

    Could be the which came first, chicken before the egg scenario. Would they have done so anyway? Probably not, for me personally I wanted to be proficient at particular instrument's. Can I think outside the box? You betcha! Do I think it helped? Yep, in my opinion music and/or competition is a situation that keeps opening your mind and testing your ability. Of course this is only my opinion. Good Luck!


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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

That is great -  they'll thank you when they're older.  Personally, I feel sports/music creates a discipline that carries over into real life.  It provides an appreciation for what can be accomplished and helps to increase self esteem and confidence.  A nice post that got me thinking in another direction this morning - Thanks!

Jun 15, 2009 12:53 AM #1
Frank & Jodi Orlando
Frank & Jodi Orlando Get Us A Home Realty Atlanta Homes Sale - Cumming, GA

Hi Susan, you bring up a point I missed, the discipline! IMO a regular education is only a platform to improve on. Thanks for the comment....

Jun 15, 2009 12:57 AM #2
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I played competitive sports all of my life. It taught me discipline, how to win and lose as a team, and to never give up. Great thoughts

Jun 15, 2009 01:15 AM #3
Frank & Jodi Orlando
Frank & Jodi Orlando Get Us A Home Realty Atlanta Homes Sale - Cumming, GA

Hi Harry, that's ANOTHER point I missed, the team concept, THANKS!

Jun 15, 2009 01:18 AM #4
Linda Greco Rich, ABR, SRES
Exit Preferred Realty - Bel Air, MD
Harford County Specialist

I totally agree. It builds the confidence kids need to pick the right friends and say no when feeling like something isn't right. I think it also builds the confidence in kids to take chances (the good kind).

Jun 15, 2009 02:32 AM #5
Amber Hornsby
Bonnie Mull Realty, Inc. (North GA & Beyond - Habersham, GA

Those are great skills to develop, sounds like they have enjoyed growing musically. It is important to be well rounded and will pay off later on. I bet your home is always full of entertainment and personality! How great is that!?!

Jun 24, 2009 04:19 PM #6
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