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10 Life Skills I’ve Learned from Studying Jazz

Welcome to episode 257 where today I discuss 10 life skills I’ve learned from studying jazz. In the process of studying this music, I’ve found that a lot of the mindsets and skills I’ve learned have translated to a multitude of different areas in my life. Knowing this is extremely helpful, and I share some of the insights I’ve gained that you can share in as well.

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This episode is a little bit of a different one from what I normally would talk about on this show, going away from some of the jazz improv tips, tricks, practice strategies, and diving into a little bit more of life lessons that I’ve learned as a result of studying jazz.

I don’t know about you, obviously learning music, becoming a great jazz improviser, there’s a lot of fulfillment within just that action. Music is its own reward. 

However, I like to think that everything I do has benefits that spread across other aspects of my life.

And certainly, when I look back on my jazz education and how it has affected me now, I see a ton of benefits that have really made a huge impact and helped me grow in areas of my life I never thought I would develop so quickly or so strongly.

So, in today’s episode, I’m going to go over ten life lessons that I’ve learned from studying jazz, breakdown what they are, and I’m sure that you’ll find some inspiration and help in understanding these as well.

In this episode:

1. Developing long term thinking

2. Building acceptance of myself

3. Developing a growth mindset

4. Developing perseverance

5. Developing a deeper appreciation for professionalism

6. Learning how to maximize my productivity

7. Developing project managing skills

8. Learning how to “start ugly”

9. Learning how to teach better

10. Developing critical listening skills

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


  1. This podcast was really interesting. You are right on that working on things like developing jazz skills bleeds off to life skills as well. I like the idea of a ‘growth mindset’ along with acceptance of who you are and adding a spoonful of perseverance. It is certainly a long-term project as I see from my low-intermediate level of jazz guitar.

    I also live in China (a Canadian in China) and I see the same mindsets and skills you talk about here with regards to my attempts to learn and master the Chinese language. In fact, I often see a parallel relation between learning jazz guitar and learning a language. The same types of elements show up (phrasing, listening, vocabulary/voicing, repetition, and others).

    Thanks for your podcast – another interesting one. Congratulations Brent.


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