Science Symphony


The meaning and importance of music for all of us is different, and so is the time we devote to it. Most of us spend our lives listening to music, going to concerts, listening at home, at work, in our car, at school. Many of us spend time with music as a performer, composer, creator, lover, educator, vocalist, in short, as a professional.

People who devote time to music as a music lover, that is, people whose hobbies include music, may not be able to continue playing an instrument after a while, depending on many reasons. After a while, most of us become unable to spare time, and everyone expresses this with sadness. “I'm glad I quit music. “I am glad I took a break from playing the piano.” I haven't heard a word. People often tell me that they are so sorry they did this, that they had to quit for various reasons. This situation makes me very sad as an educator. What I'm talking about here is not being a listener, but taking an instrument training. Moreover, the rate of listening to music is also affected by this situation.

The most important thing is the potential of a person who has started music education to carry out this process together with his school life. I know many parents who are worried that their children's schoolwork will be disrupted. A child who starts studying piano, violin, flute or any instrument because of the anxiety of failing in the exam, starts to learn an instrument for years, and leaves everything except academic classes 1-2 years before an exam. Does this scenario sound familiar to you? I come across it very often. I met many people who thought that music was a waste of time during these periods, such as exam times and workload, and chose to believe it.

Of course, I also met people who believed in the opposite of the scenario above. Music and music education (it can be anything, choir, solfege, piano, violin, guitar, oboe, voice training, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, sound engineering, music technologies, conducting, whatever you can think of) I've known people who said that it inspired their success, that it helped them focus, that their aesthetic view and perception increased, that they learned to work more disciplined, that their creativity improved, that they learned how to breathe correctly, that they learned the history of the world and many more.. These people also did very important work, they took great exams, they won and lost, but they never gave up on music. I have many friends who work in different fields but are good musicians and good listeners.

In fact, some of the people you know, inspire and admire have been interested in music throughout their lives. As you can see from my topic title this month, many scientists in world history, these successful people who won the Nobel Prize at the same time, made discoveries that would leave a mark on world history in medicine, physics, literature or whatever field it is, and they did not leave any music. I would even like to remind you of Einstein's famous sentence. “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician..

It cannot be a coincidence that many Nobel Prize-winning scientists and writers play an instrument in the history of the world. While they were trying to improve life with all their might, there was music in the background as well as people supporting them. Of course, we don't know the process while they were revealing their work, but again, Einstein's famous sentence gives us a clue.

"Life without playing music is inconceivable for me.“A life without music is inconceivable to me, we can turn it around as unthinkable. Einstein, who learned to play the violin from his mother at a young age, was a scientist who was passionate about JSBach, WAMozart and F.Schubert. For Einstein, music was a tool in solving the difficulties he faced in reaching the solution of the theories that came to his mind. Music accompanies him in the process of putting scientific ideas that he intuitively dreamed into mathematics and paper.

Werner Heisenberg, who also won the Nobel Prize in Physics, started piano lessons at an early age. Although he became a scientist in the following years, music was his companion throughout his life. He played the piano with Einstein. Max Planck, who also won the same award, played the organ and piano. He said that the music education he received taught him how to have discipline in order to work hard and become a scientist. Again, Planck and Einstein were friends with a passion for both music and science, and they made music together from time to time.

2018 Chemistry Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold talks about the similarities between music and science in her speeches, and she herself plays the piano and guitar. He talks about the complexity of the codes of life with the Beethoven symphony. However, he says, if we want to write code as complex as Beethoven's symphony, we need to work harder for our lives.

Nobel Prize winner in medicine James Allison also has a band.

He emphasizes that the similarity of how important it is for the members of a musical group to work in harmony for success is also necessary when working in the field of science. He speaks of his own lab colleagues finding the perfect match.

This list is endless. While many people have seen music as a bridge rather than an obstacle and have achieved success, I hope that the scenarios I mentioned above that we generally encounter in our country today will change.

What we usually hear is that children come together to study. Children often ask their parents for permission to study, and they also work. This is of course very beautiful. I wish we could hear these types of questions. “Daddy, mommy, my friend and I will both study, make some music, (we will go to a concert, listen to music, do a duet) if they ask permission and if music is always a means of sharing in their lives. Studying for 1 hour and making music for 30 minutes, listening to music, talking music does not waste time, it reveals the experiences and achievements of all scientists above. It may take years for two people to be able to make music, talk, discuss what they are listening to together. Therefore, this is a very important process. A child who goes through this educational process and is consistently passionate about music will share with his friend the art of music, which requires expertise outside of academic lessons, will lead them to success.

The experiences you will gain in the music education process, your skills such as discipline, harmony, and creative thinking will develop over time and will be a mirror, shed light and influence on other areas of your life. I end my writing by wishing you all to meet good teachers who will enable you to become good friends with music and that your love for music will increase moment by moment.



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