Einstein: He believed that beyond observations and theories lay the music of the spheres—the “pre-established harmony” of the physical world.
Zopra: Our music isn’t Bach or Mozart, but it does have elements which Einstein believed mirror the cosmos. These elements are:
Playfulness: Note our thematic variety and quality lyrics
Patterns: View our scores
Inner Unity: Listen to our scores
Einstein: He believed that music was the core of his creative life, and often performed at musical soirées.
Zopra: We believe that music should be creatively conceived. We also recommend hosting recitals twice a year, and enrolling students in opportunities hosted by professional music organizations.
Einstein: Quoting Hans Albert, his elder son: “Whenever he felt that he had come to the end of the road or into a difficult situation in his work, he would take refuge in music. That would usually resolve all his difficulties.”
Zopra: Assisting in a student’s discovery that imagination is at the heart of a life-giving, personal refuge is our primary aim.
Einstein: At age 5, though some school teachers believed he was mentally handicapped, he began taking violin lessons. At 13, he started to play Mozart who, at two-and-a-half years old, took his first piano lesson.
Zopra: Our program orders the brain for the appreciation of classical music, like Mozart.
Einstein: Taking violin lessons as a boy, he felt that the drills so tedious that, in exasperation, he threw a chair at his teacher, who ran out of the house in tears.
Zopra: Our music uses seduction, not torture. Our fun, illustrated music is reinforced by our unique, illustrated drills.
Einstein: He maintained that his ideas were born in two stages: the first being visual and sometimes kinesthetic; the second being words or other signs which communicate the visual. The first is midwifed by “magic,” the second by laborious work.
Zopra: Our notes and lyrics are inspired by art, not the other way around. The image is at the center, not the periphery. Our pieces reflect the way in which the brain generates ideas.
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Miller, Arthur I. A Genius Finds Inspiration in the Music of Another. The New York Times (January 31, 2006):
Norton, Dr. John D. How did Einstein Think? (November 15, 2007.)