Inventions, and music

Sometimes if you look at the things around us in our daily lives you can see how simply they are, yet how they serve a functional purpose. Life without them would have been very difficult. For example, imagine a small thin section of metal, perhaps an inch long, with a flat head and threaded sides. You have a metal screw. And who invented it? If you look around us now, at all the things we have in our daily lives that require a screw, can you imagine how life must have been like before its invention?

The ubiquitous things around us often reveal to us how simple designs can serve great functions and go on to great popularity. For example, the simple brick that is the basic building block of construction is now so widely used, that without it we might be living in an era of tin huts or mud huts!

One of the inventions we have in our lives that displays similar simplicity is barbed wire. Made in the 1800s, it was used to enclose land and still is in the present day. It merely consists of wire intertwined with each other. At its outset, the fragile wire was not perceived to be strong, but its inventor, one John Gates, put it to great use by showing how it could enclose wild animals! It made him a great fortune!

But inventions may not need to be physical things. They can be things such as music. Dizzy Gillespie pioneered a style of music called bebop – you can learn more about it from this post here – and revolutionised the music world!

The human spirit is intertwined with creativity. Keep inventing and keep trying to find new ways to do old things, or find solutions to improve efficiency. And remember you may not necessarily come up with a new physical thing, even a new process can actually become a new invention as well!

Considering teaching? A music perspective

Every one has a memory of school. Whether it is a good one or not is a subjective experience, depending on what your priorities were and what you aimed to get out of it at the time. If your main focus was in getting good grades, and if you did, then you might say school was an overall good experience. Of course, the converse is true. If you expected to get good grades in school and then did not, you might reflect on your school experience as not all that fantastic. But school is not necessarily just about grades. It is about the friends you make and the people you meet, and for some, defining friendships that are created at that time are more important than the grades you receive. While academic knowledge is important, your experience of school may be influenced more by the friends you made there. If you made lifelong friends while you were at the same school, you might not have done well for important exams, but nevertheless credit school with being a positive experience.

Your experience of school may have some influence in your future career path than you know. Many teachers chose their profession for various reasons. Maybe they had good school experiences and wanted to do the same in inspiring the future generation. But being a teacher, or deciding to pursue an education in teaching, is only half of the equation. The perception of the profession varies in different countries. In Latin American countries such as Bolivia, teaching is looked upon as a poor profession while in countries such as China, being a teacher is a highly respected profession. So if you ever decide to go into teaching, maybe see how it is perceived in your own country first!

Teaching does not necessarily mean standing in front of a classroom and delivering the curriculum. You can prepare for a career in teaching but become a tutor instead. In fact, some teachers do tutor outside of school for extra income. You don’t necessarily have to do the same thing, but can re-package your knowledge into something different. For example, if you were a music teacher, you might teach an instrument like the piano outside of your school hours. So in effect you have become a piano teacher, leveraging on your skills.

On the face of it, teaching is one of the more rewarding professions. But as I said earlier, check out how people in your country view it first!