Louis Pastuer was a painter. Additionally, Albert Einstein and Francis Arnold were both accomplished musicians. New research shows that award winning scientists are far more likely to have artistic hobbies than the general public. Moreover, many Nobel Prize Winners cite the role of the arts in their scientific breakthroughs.

Creativity and perseverance are at the heart of both scientific discovery and artistic expression.

That is why music, drama, visual and practical arts are key components in Waldorf education and are integrated throughout our curriculum.

“The Theory of relativity occurred to me by intuition, and music is the driving force behind this intuition. Life without playing music is inconceivable for me.” – Albert Einstein, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics in 1921

Music, and other forms of art, often help scientists develop their processes and think in new ways. Einstein is just one example of the numerous laureates who credited music as a necessary part of their study and life. Physics Laureates Werner Heisenbert and Max Planck were also gifted classical musicians. Additionally, Thomas Südhof was the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. And he has credited music with inspiring many important ideas in him.

The Nobel Prize Organizations’ article, “The Symphony of Science” states:

“For many, the value of music is endless and scientists and Nobel Laureates are no exception. From seeing problems in a new way to fostering discipline, expressing creativity to working as a team, music has helped many laureates in both work and life.

Besides helping them reflect on scientifically complex problems, music has helped Nobel Laureates learn discipline and the importance of a creative mind.”



Music is an integral part of the Waldorf curriculum and life at Summerfield.

From preschool through high school, students experience song and rhythmic activities, as well as the plating of pentatonic flutes, wooden diatonic flutes, lyres, string instruments, woodwind instruments, soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorders, and Orff wooden and metal xylophones.

In short, our rationale and mission is that every child should experience playing a musical instrument. Music awakens the inner life of the soul, develops discipline, inspires creative thought, and is part of an artistic life.


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