What can a music teacher offer the financial planning profession?

facebooktwitterlinkedinby featherIn another life time I taught music appreciation classes. My narrative was simple. Understand the aesthetic qualities of music-

Melody-Rhythm-Dynamics-Form and Texture, and you will better appreciate the art.

Aesthetics is a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of art, beauty, and taste, with the creation and appreciation of beauty.

Improving music listening skills requires that the listener becomes more aware of the aesthetic building blocks of music. 

A few questions for financial advisors to consider.

Can financial planning be thought of and communicated in terms of aesthetic qualities?

Can using an aesthetic approach to financial planning enable clients to more easily see their problems?

Is there a benefit to creating more interactive and “playful” financial conversations?

The book I studied in graduate school, Teaching General Music, was written by Thomas Regelski, might give us some clues.

Participation in music should have the same qualities as play:

1- It must engage the attention immediately.

2- Many of the rewards or effects of such activity must seem relatively immediate rather than distant.

3- The immediate benefits should have immediate interest and relevance and be self validating.

4- It is often better if activities or benefits can be shared in some way with others.

5-Participation should not require sustained inactivity or forced attention.

6- Finally, it should have positive growth benefits that are relevant to the child grown into an adult.

There are those who believe that the human being should be defined as homo ludens (literally translated: “man who plays”) rather than homo faber (“man who works or makes”), for it is the play element in human culture that allows a person to experience life most fully.

Your thoughts?

Written by Jaimie Blackman

Jaimie Blackman

Jaimie Blackman — a former music educator & retailer— is a Certified Wealth Strategist & Succession Planner. Jaimie helps business owners maximize the value of their company through education & coaching. He is a frequent speaker at the National Association of Music Merchants, (NAMM) Idea Center and has spoken at Yamaha’s succession advantage.

As a financial literacy educator he has taught at New York University and has lectured at the 92nd Street Y, Marymount Manhattan College and CUNY.

His column is published in The Music & Sound Retailer and contributes to NAMM U online, as well as other industry trade magazines.

Jaimie is CEO of Jaimie Blackman & Company, President of BH Wealth Management, and Creator of MoneyCapsules® and the Sound of Money®.

To register for Jaimie’s live webinars, or to subscribe to his podcasts, visit jaimieblackman.com.


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