Creativity can actually spark at any time. The creative thought can show up night or day, inside, or outside. Whenever it happens, it seems to be unplanned and unexpected. Do you know that the creative idea of the ArtsBot showed up in yoga class, lying in Shavasana in March of 2015?
It’s true, I was lying on the floor and the idea just came to me. I got up off of the yoga mat, walked myself home and the rest is history. I definitely believe that there is a connection between forms of meditation, music and creativity. Usually, in my yoga class, we are listening to some kind of new-age music.
It used to be thought that listening to music, while you work “impairs” creativity.
A 2017 study in the journal PLOS ONE found that listening to “happy” music—defined as classical tunes that were upbeat and stimulating—”helped people perform better” on tasks that involved “divergent” thinking, which is a core component of creativity. This type of thinking involves “making unexpected combinations, recognizing links among remote associates, or transforming information into unexpected forms,” the authors of that study wrote. Basically, it’s coming up with new, outside-the-box ideas or strategies.
So how does this apply to children? According to an article I read in the Huffington Post, creativity is one of the most essential tools for a child to develop if they want to be successful later in life. Creative development as kids can be directly correlated to their future success in all kinds of careers including scientists, physicians and entrepreneurs. According to a poll sponsored by IBM, they interviewed 1500 CEO’s and concluded that creativity to be the number one qualification for future leaders.
Did you know that creativity scores for school children in America have been on a steady decline since 1990? Yes, right around the time that music and arts programs were removed from the public schools. Quick, turn on the music!!! The connection between creativity and music is alive and well.
According to Frank Fitzpatrick of the Huffington Post, Einstein, who was considered to be one of the most creative geniuses of the past century, often turned to music to help with his creative process. Einstein recognized an unexplainable connection between music and his science and often attributed his scientific insight and intuition to music. “If I were not a physicist,” he once said, “I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music … I get most joy in life out of music.”
With that said, Parent’s, do not wait, turn on the music! Give your children the chance to use the sounds of music to stimulate creativity. You never know, maybe you have the next Einstein.