“All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Music Class”

Remember a few years ago Robert Fulghum’s runaway best seller, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten?  The list included things like “Share Everything,” and “Take a nap every afternoon,” and my personal favorite – “Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.”

The book’s concept was profound and thoughtful.  Recently, I was thinking about it in terms of the music directors that I’ve met through Forum Music Festivals.  So, here’s my take on “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Music Class.” (A little unwieldy, I know, but you get the point).

  1. A positive attitude is better than talent.
  2. Talent isn’t enough – it also takes hard work.
  3. Failure just means you’ll do better next time.
  4. I can be a “doer”, not just an observer.
  5. Sharps are not hash tags (and they came first.)
  6. Stepping off with your right foot does not make you weird.
  7. Singing a song makes it better.
  8. One more time means one more time.

There are so many more bits of knowledge that wise school music directors collect over a teaching career.  I invite you to share them with us on our Facebook page.