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Many Geniuses Share This 1 Secret

Updated on May 1, 2012

The Connection Between Learning Music And Developing Intelligence

When looked at closely, history teaches us that the people whom we consider to have been brilliant at what they did, shared a common attribute. Many artists, intellectuals, writers, mathematicians, and scientists practiced this one secret. It seems like a secret because most people today view it as a hobby. Even though it can be a hobby, it is one of the most important keys to the development of a genius' mind.

The secret is Music: the ability to play a musical instrument and to read music. Music is not just for hobbyists and professional musicians. It can also play an integral role in the development of intelligence. Let's begin by using examples of several geniuses that have made contributions to society in their chosen fields. The most important takeaway from this article is that music played a key role in the development of these brilliant minds but that they were not known as musicians.

Galileo Playing The Lute

Galileo Galilei

Galileo was known as "The Father Of Science" and contributed greatly in the Scientific Revolution. He proved that the Earth revolved around the Sun when the rest of the world believed otherwise. Though he was a scientific genius, music played an integral role in Galileo's development. By understanding the structure of music, Galileo was able to see the correlation between music and many of his groundbreaking scientific theories in physics.

Leonard Da Vinci

Arguably the greatest genius of all time, Leonardo Da Vinci was known for many contributions to the art and science worlds with his inventions and paintings such as "The Mona Lisa." Many of his inventions would never be constructed until centuries later. His ideas and creative thinking were just too advanced for the period he lived in. Interestingly enough, Leonardo also had a musical inclination. It's written in history that he could sing and play several musical instruments. Da Vinci himself said that music was only second to painting in importance to the senses.

A Musical Composition written by Leonardo Da Vinci

1 Of Thomas Jefferson's Violins

Thomas Jefferson

The third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson played the violin for 3 hours every day. His governing philosophy later became known as Jeffersonian Democracy. The founding fathers chose Jefferson as the writer of The Declaration of Independence because of his reputation as a brilliant writer with a mastery of the English language. In fact, he was also an excellent violinist and had a vast library of sheet music. Jefferson quoted music as "this favorite passion of my soul."

Einstein Playing The Violin

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was a physicist known for the theory of relativity which changed the Science world forever. Besides receiving the Nobel Prize in physics, Einstein could play the piano and violin rather well. It is written that his theories were inspired while playing at the piano and performing the music of Mozart. Einstein was quoted saying that “Life without playing music is inconceivable for me. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music…I get most joy in life out of music.”

Throughout The Ages And Beyond

Throughout history, music has been at the center of development for the geniuses of the world. Music had a way of provoking thought and igniting the fire of creativity. This secret tool of music rocked the world through advances and contributions to civilization. Many geniuses have known that there is a musical connection between the development of the mind and greatness.

I'm sorry to disappoint anyone, but learning a musical instrument does not guarantee brilliance. But it's been scientifically proven that learning music does raise test scores, SAT scores, and IQ. What's most important is that we should all aspire to be like a Da Vinci. If not us, at least ensure that your children have the opportunity to enhance their development with music education.

The goal of learning a musical instrument is not to become a genius, but to create opportunities. Music can help to build many non-musical skills that would be useful when facing life's challenges. The more skills you possess, the more opportunities you will have. Opportunities lead to productivity and prosperity. In order to be prepared for an opportunity, you must be mentally equipped to act on it. So, music can be a way to bring together the development of intelligence and the opportunities that you would find in a prosperous life.

I believe that music education must have a central role in an educational curriculum. History teaches us this lesson and today's world is forgetting it.

Society is needing smarter and smarter people to uphold an increasingly more complex economy. And whoever chooses not to aspire to be like a genius will have less opportunities to take part in the benefits of the new world economy. In the future, there will few opportunities for the unskilled. Music always played a role in the development of skilled minds.

So let's learn from history. Let's not forget how we got here.


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    • TheMusiconomy profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New York City

      Thank you VocalCoach for your sincere comments. My site, The Musiconomy,, advocates the importance of music education. This hub in particular was written to inspire teachers, parents, and music students to pursue learning how to play a musical instrument not just for the music itself, but also for all of the other benefits that include developing an intelligent mind.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      This is an amazing hub and probably my favorite one on all of hubpages. Music has been my passion and my life for over 40 years. You couldn not have selected a better topic to write about as far as I'm concerned. I have forwarded this on to some very special people in my life and am bookmarking it as well. Thank you for giving me this beautiful and timely gift!


    • TheMusiconomy profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New York City

      Thank you DaNoblest! You make a good point about relaxing the mind. Even just listening to the music of Mozart for example tends to help me focus and be more productive.

      But reading music and playing an instrument stimulate both the left and right hemisphere of the brain. That's why there are different types of geniuses. Some were superior in language, some in math, and some in science. And Da Vinci was brilliant with everything!

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      8 years ago from California

      Wonderful hub! I have to agree that music does seem to have a connection. Im sure making music also helped those geniuses to relax and calm their active minds, provided a release to the intense creative and emotional pressure inside of them, and allowed their souls to be free.


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