Piano teacher Anton Tajanlangit has published a book entitled 'Why Music Lessons Make You Smarter'. We are so proud of you Anton and thrilled that you are on faculty here at Neighbour Note! Here is what Anton has to say:
“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” — Albert Einstein.
His second wife, Elsa, said that she fell in love with him “because he played Mozart so beautifully on the violin.” Albert Einstein also learned how to play the piano from his mother, Pauline Koch Einstein, an accomplished pianist in her own right.
I wrote the book “Why
Music Lessons Make You Smarter” so that readers like you may appreciate the
importance of understanding how music affects daily lives.
This is not an
instruction book. Rather, it’s a book that tackles the philosophy behind my
love of music. Listening to music is not enough; understanding and creating it
opens one’s soul to the endless possibilities of fulfillment in today’s world.
It’s like you’ve opened
the hood of your car and learned what makes it run.
Whenever we listen to
music, we are taken into another dimension of our being that cannot be
otherwise accessed. Our subconscious absorbs all of this. Some of us simply
accept it as it is; the rest are not content until they have the answers to
their questions. We will always have questions. We will always be seeking
answers. We may find some on Google or YouTube, but they might not be the ones
that are tailored to your needs. Nothing can take the place of a real, live
teacher. Especially a teacher that goes beyond what music actually is—an
enhancement of life.
Little do most people
realize that there are so many tidbits of information hidden behind this
phenomenon we call music. Music students and music lovers take them for
granted. I would have done the same had it not been for my natural curiosity
about the world. So I collected these tidbits of information that lay dormant
in my head for years and came up with this 31-chapter book.
They are relatively
brief chapters. You may read one chapter a day for a month, and you’d have read
my mind as well. Some of my ideas may surprise you, as they are original. I
suggest you read everything with an open mind. You may disagree with me
regarding some concepts I’ve touched upon, and I won’t blame you. We are all
entitled to our own opinions, and I won’t dispute that.
I’ve lived my entire
life in music. I haven’t worked in any other field of endeavour. Every morning
as I wake up, a different song or piece of music starts playing in my head. It
remains there until another one replaces it. Seldom does a moment pass when
nothing goes on inside my mind.
A life in music is what
I truly have. I invite you to this joyous, rewarding world of music. A life in
music that brings out the human being in you.
My book, “Why Music Lessons Make You Smarter,” will lead the way for
- Anton R. Tajanlangit