Archive for February, 2011

Tonight I watched a TED talk that was recommended to me from my husband. It is Benjamin Zander talking about the love of classical music. There are so many parallels to be drawn between the belief in classical music and the belief in teaching and learning.

Watch it here:

Perhaps some of my favorite quotes here, as pertaining to teaching and believing every kid can love learning:

“It’s one of the characteristics of a leader, that he not doubt for one moment the capacity of the people he’s leading to realize whatever he’s dreaming.”

He breaks down where people’s thoughts are falling apart about classical music, he breaks down the meaning and the how and the why in the piece by Chopin.

“”This is about vision. This is about the long line… from B to E.”

“How would you walk, How would you talk, How would you be if you thought ‘Everyone loves classical music! They just haven’t found out about it yet!’?”

“A conductor’s power depends on his ability to make other people powerful… my job was to awaken possibility in other people.”

“You look at their eyes, and if they’re shining, you know you’re doing it.”