Becoming a skilled musician requires three key ingredients: 1) The drive and determination to push yourself to learn skills that lie beyond your current abilities; 2) The ability to sustain a mentally demanding process called “deep practice”; 3) The willingness to accept expert coaching/criticism as a part of the learning process. As it turns out, these same three ingredients are key to developing talent in any profession. Further, these three ingredients are what differentiates world-class performers in any endeavor from the merely very good and ordinary ones. The Curtis Institute of Music has a 95-year legacy of nurturing world-class musicians using an approach that combines these three ingredients.
One graduate of Curtis, Stanford Thompson, took his experience at Curtis and built a unique approach to providing classical music education to underserved children throughout Philadelphia. His organization, Play On Philly (POP), has transformed the lives of its students by not only providing an education in music they would have never otherwise received, but perhaps more importantly by providing POP students with skills in the three key skills that create greatness. As a result, POP students gain improved academic performance and a higher level of discipline to succeed in any endeavor they may choose. With live performances from POP students and music examples to illustrate the concepts, this presentation will engage, educate, and entertain attendees as it illuminates the formula for creating great talent in any endeavor and in any organization.