"I've always believed the reason I've gotten ahead is by outworking other people," NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd told the New York Times recently. And, he adds, "There's nothing like music to teach you that eventually, if you do work hard enough, it does get better. You see the results." Todd is just one of many highly successful people who have musical training under their belts: Condoleezza Rice trained as a concert pianist, Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen both play clarinet. (Allen still practices a half an hour each day. "I have to practice every single day to be as bad as I am," he told the Times.)
While there have been multiple studies confirming links between the study of music and success in math, these individuals and their stories seem to attest to a larger, less-easily-defined benefit to playing music. But the connection seems to be there — just ask Alan Greenspan, who was at one point a professional clarinet and saxophone player. "It's not a coincidence. I can tell you as a statistician, the probably that that is mere chance is extremely small... The crucial question is: Why does that connection exist," he asked the Times. [Source]
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