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Music and Sports: Why Do Both? (via Alfred Music)

Commentary by Austin Hennen Vigil

Music and sports go hand-in-hand better than you might think.

Many experts in the music and sports fields believe that with the amount of time it takes to master either an instrument or a sport, it is impossible to truly master both. They are too distinct from one another, and no one has enough free time to become a master of both. Featured in the article, Micheline Ostermeyer, a French Olympic gold medalist in the shot put, and professional concert pianist, is a rare case of an individual who has mastered both an instrument and a sport. She said that the skills that it takes to master the shot put, helped her in her mastery of the piano. Both music and sports can benefit one another, and getting better in one skill makes it easier to master the other.

Playing organized sports from kindergarten through college, and playing both saxophone and guitar since the age of 9, I can confidently say sports helped my musical ability, and music helped my athletic ability. The creativity, improvisation, timing, attention to detail, execution, and self-discipline I developed when playing guitar and saxophone benefitted me on the sports field/court. Skills I learned when playing sports, such as dealing with stress and anxiety, motivation that fuels improvement, going the extra mile when tired, focus, teamwork, leadership, and confidence helped me during performance and practice on my saxophone and guitar.

For more information on the benefits of participating in both music and sports, read the original blog post written by Liz Hinley on the Alfred Music blog.

Sheet Music Plus Interviews Morty Manus, co-author of Alfred’s Basic Piano Library

by Jacy Burroughs

Piano teachers, have you ever wondered about the creative process that goes into developing a piano method? In September 2015, I had the privilege of interviewing Morty Manus, former president of Alfred Music Publishing and co-author of the popular piano method series Alfred’s Basic Piano Library. He and his wife, Iris, shared with me the story of how the popular piano method series Alfred’s Basic Piano Library was born.

I was deeply saddened to hear of Morty’s passing early in 2016. He was so charming and full of life just a few short months earlier. How lucky I was to have participated in this interview and, with the support of Alfred Music’s fine recording studio staff, publish these videos in honor of him. The interview is separated into thirteen chapters, each of which is summarized below.

In memoriam: Morty Manus (1926-2016)

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