We are three sisters based in Auckland, New-Zealand. We have created the Musetude system for one simple reason: we want to make a positive difference in the world.
The story of Musetude began 14 years ago, when our lives were shattered by the death of our mother. We were only children and the sense of loss that we experienced was overwhelming. Our grieving process had many dimensions, but the most significant aspect was a deep need to understand.
As we struggled to come to terms with life without our mother, we kept coming back to the same, essential question: why are we here? If life is so fragile, why do we hang onto possessions, what is the point? This questioning led us to study the works of great philosophers, psychologists and spiritualists, and while we found some answers in their teachings, the most profound effect our research had on us was a change in perspective.
We used MUSIC as a conduit to an enlightened, intuitive and creative state. We began to use the music keyboard as an emotional outlet. We would “sing out” all our fears, problems and sadness, that was inside us.We described this sensation as “being in a state of flow”. The benefits in our lives of playing “flow” music like this were amazing. We felt more enlightened, intuitive and creative.
We began to see in pictures: music theory, which up to this point had been considered complex and abstract, was suddenly distilled in our brains into patterns and forms that were logical and practical. We saw all the components of music as mathematical formulas that were easy to understand and simple to explain. From these discoveries, and the experiences we had from playing “flow” music, we were able to design the Musetude course.
It became very clear that we needed to find a way of teaching music like this to people across the world, so that they, too, could experience the heightened focus, inner calm and joy that we had discovered.
To prove that the Musetude method stacked up against international standards, we sent many of our students to sit the Grade 8 Trinity College London music examination. This is the highest level one can reach within the Trinity system and, via normal teaching methods, takes 8-10 years of practice. Our students, however, flew through this exam after only a few months of training. These results broke world records.
We worked alongside a group of doctors, scientists, psychologists and researchers in order to work out what exactly was going on inside the brain to enable these incredible results to occur. We wanted a scientific explanation of how playing music helped people to tap into and harness their huge potential, creativity and talent they never knew they had. The experts that we worked with all agreed on a simple, yet profound answer: when you play a musical instrument you activate an area of the brain called the pre-frontal cortex.
It was based on the belief that “every person is an unlimited genius” capable of immense creativity, vision, focus, enthusiasm, awe, intuition and altruism – known in psychology as “self-actualization,” and had spent over a decade developing a high-tech, brain-based education system to help people worldwide access this natural potential. With musical flow we helped our students break, the negative and limiting neural pathways, and re-create positive pathways that enhance our creativity and inner balance. The results were incredible. Not only did they learn music at lightening speeds but they also became happier, more creative individuals.
We know that the Musetude method achieves profound results in all areas of people’s lives. Our ultimate goal is to revolutionize the education systems all over the world so that everyone is given the opportunity to discover their full potential and live happier, more enlightened lives.
To safeguard its philanthropic and humanitarian nature, Musetude was registered as a charitable trust in Auckland. These last 14 years have been a wonderful time of development and discovery for us, but really, our journey is just beginning.
“It is a non-profit organization comprising of sincere, dedicated professionals. I have observed a very high standard in their teaching material and as well as in their methods.”~ Dr. Vidyadhar Vyas, Renowned Hindustani Vocalist, former Head of Music Dept., Mumbai University & Vice-chancellor of Bhatkhande Music University, Lucknow
All of us are aware of the failure of present education system. There are numerous systems, but all fail to produce children who are well-rounded and balanced in all areas – academic, social, emotional, sport and art – capable of living happy, stress-free, creative and fulfilled lives.
Musetude believes that every person is a genius, and naturally has the capacity for creativity, vision, focus, enthusiasm, awe, intuition and altruism – based on:
Ancient cultures and civilzations which recognised the unlimited nature of man.
“Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man”~ Swami Vivekananda, Indian educationist
Latest brain-based medical science that has discovered that the above traits are actually located in an area of the brain known as “pre-frontal cortex” – and are thus naturally accessible to all.
Psychology, which states that man’s highest need is transcending lower cognitive processes of fear, anger, emotional swings, insecurities, stress and reach a state of “self-actualization”
"This unique teaching method developed by the BOSS School is very scientific in its approach. It is a new method of Accelerated Learning, which can be applied to any field of work.” ~ Dr. Swati Piramal, Director, Nicholas Piramal Ltd., Member of PM’s Scientific Advisory Council to transform India into a Knowledge Power, and a student of BOSS School since 2002.
The key role in the learning process is that of the “teacher.” This is because most learning happens through “mirroring”. Our brain has special “mirror neurons” that imitate and imbibe not only the words, but also the attitudes, feelings and values of the people around us. Since most people themselves don’t utilize their higher cognitive powers – how can they help their students do so?
Musetude teachers had spent years understanding self-actualization – how to live and work at their own maximum capacity of creativity, vision, enthusiasm, intuition and awe, and were hence able to bring out the best in their students.
“An important part of the learning process was the commitment and clear teaching style of Rebecca, Priscilla and Lydia who facilitated the course with confidence and enthusiasm . . . I believe the system devised by Big Smile Education has huge potential to promote music learning in New Zealand and foster a love and enthusiasm for music in people of all ages and abilities.” ~ Celia Stewart, National Facilitator, Primary Music, Christchurch College of Education, New Zealand.
In addition, Musetude had re-designed every aspect of the learning process – course structure, material (books, CDs, software, instructional videos), categorization of topics, computerized assessment – to stimulate a natural curiosity and love for learning.