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Non-Musical Lessons We Can Learn from Jazz

For some people, Jazz is life. Those who study, teach, and perform this amazing craft dedicate so much of their time practicing and creating and growing. This genre of music has completely changed how they look at and function in life.

But there are so many things one can learn from jazz beyond the playing techniques and the unique art form that it is. It can actually teach us non-musical life skills, benefits, and educational lessons embedded in the study, practice, and performance of jazz music.

Let us discuss them here.

 

Solitude

Jazz is a craft that requires a lot of time — time for critical listening, learning, repetition, and more.

This time that a musician spends alone helps cultivate self-discipline, determination, and patience. If one is not focused, he will not be able to improve and master his music.

Self-evaluation is also a very important skill that is learned through jazz. A musician develops his technique, flexibility, agility, and artistic voice through this solitary process.

The skill of working alone is also developed. This teaches the musician to establish a routine, manage his goals, and persevere through his frustrations and self-doubt.

Working with Others

Jazz is often played by a number of musicians, whether a duo, trio, quartet, combo, big band, or another type of ensemble.

Collaboration is not easy. Some people may even find it harder than working alone. A jazz performer should control his own instrument to make sounds that balance and blend with the group. He should also be able to make adjustments on the spot as he anticipates what the other person will do. Jazz is all about looking at the bigger picture and not playing for yourself only.

This requires awareness, listening, and sensitivity. Communication is key for the music to be able to flow beautifully.

Another thing that one can learn when working with a team or group is the ability to offer and receive constructive criticism or feedback. This is a great attitude to adopt because there are certain things that one may need to improve on that they cannot realize on their own. Having a team to point those out will keep you challenged and motivated to work on them and be the best musician that you can be.

Finding your own voice

Jazz is an art form grounded in interpretation and improvisation – freedom of expression and personal choice.

Enhancing a person’s musicality requires exploration and imagination. It challenges a person’s creativity by their ability to alter the melody, rhythm, stretch phrases, etc. It also allows them to make effective choices.

This boosts a person’s confidence in developing and communicating his ideas. It also builds up the courage to take risks to create something original.

Jazz, just like all other passions is life, is a lifelong path of practice, sacrifice, and self-discipline. But it rewards us with personal growth, self-fulfillment, and the ability to inspire and educate others.

The lessons that jazz teaches us not only better our musicality but makes us well-rounded people as well. Thus, it does not only benefit us professionally (if you are a jazz artist) but it helps us make our life easier and more meaningful.