“I knew I wanted music lessons for [my 4-year-old daughter], and it [is] important to start early. There are very few teachers willing to teach students that young, because you’re not teaching them music, you’re motivating them to want to learn. A teacher that is able to teach very young students music is rare, and Joanne is one of those rare music teachers that can do that.” 


Sarah McCarroll | Parent 

Why Mind Steward

Leonardo DaVinci. Albert Einstein. Benjamin Franklin. Galileo.


The greatest minds of all time were also painters, musicians, and poets. From antiquity, classical education has included both the sciences and the arts, with phenomenal results. More recently, neuroscience has proven the left-brain/right-brain theories to be a myth: the 2 hemispheres of the brain actually work together in all cognitive tasks. The human brain is not either logical or creative - it’s both.


At Mind Steward, we believe that STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) taught within the context of the arts create a lasting imprint on a child’s mind. These disciplines should not be separate, but intertwined.

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Early music and arts education leads to academic excellence and accomplishment in life. 

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music . . . I get most joy in life out of music.”


Albert Einstein


A team of multidisciplinary researchers studied a group of MSU Honors College graduates from 1990 to 1995 who majored in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (or STEM). They found of that group, those who own businesses or patents received up to eight times more exposure to the arts as children than the general public.

Robert Root-Bernstein, a biochemist and MacArthur Prize winner did a study of 150 biographies of eminent scientists, from Pasteur to Einstein, in the early 1990’s. It dealt with this relationship between the two sides of the brain. He found that nearly all of the great inventors and scientists were also musicians, artists, writers or poets. Galileo, was a poet and literary critic; Einstein was a passionate student of the violin; Samuel Morse, was a portrait painter, etc. He and his wife, Michele, co-authors of Sparks of Genius, conducted extensive research into the minds of inventive people and showed that creativity can be encouraged and enhanced through the exercise of thinking tools - i.e., the right side of our brains. 



MSU Article

The Creative Community Book


Left/Right Brain Myth

Artists and Scientists: More Alike Than Different

Einstein On Creative Thinking