Ep. 122: Transferring music skills to life, with Dr. Dylan Savage

Universal life skills

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Universal life skills, like problem-solving, discipline, and creativity, are inherent in the study of music. But how automatic is it for students to transfer these lessons to non-music areas of their lives? This cross-training can be intentionally taught and learned, resulting in elevated musical performance AND greater life success.

Dr. Dylan Savage
Dr. Dylan Savage; Photo by Marlin Wagner


Dr. Dylan Savage is the author of The Transposed Musician: Teaching Universal Skills to Improve Performance and Benefit Life. He is Professor of Piano at University of North Carolina in Charlotte; he’s a Bösendorfer Concert Artist and a Capstone Records Recording Artist; and his work has been featured in television spots on NBC and PBS affiliates.


We discuss:

  • The Transposed Musician approach and its benefits.
  • The eight skills addressed in the book:
    1. Problem-solving
    2. Focus
    3. Patience
    4. Critical Thinking
    5. Communication
    6. Collaboration
    7. Improvisation
    8. Creativity

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In-Episode Promo

Heidi Kay Begay and the Flute 360 Podcast


Dylan describes what music means to him.

Closing Words

Thank you so much to Dylan for putting this gem of a book out into the world, and for all the ways he enhances lives with music. There are lots of ways to connect with him and his work, and get your hands on his book. All links – and a transcript of this episode – can be found in the show notes. All links are also in the episode details right in your podcast app. You can always connect with me on email (mindy@mpetersonmusic.com), Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn.  If you enjoyed this show, please spread the word to your friends and family and on social media! That is the best way to support the show and help us grow our audience as we share the power of music. Thanks so much for joining me today. Until next week, may your life be enhanced with music.

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