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The Secretary of State, the Instructor, and the Piano

In the latest episode of Uncommon Knowledge, viewers will see that the piano has been an important part of life for former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and George Barth, her teacher. Although not as popular in today’s culture, for them classical music is challenging but worth the effort to understand the piano’s importance and beauty. As secretary of state, Rice would play the piano as a way of remembering where she came from and as a way to refocus. In short, she said playing the piano made her a better Secretary of State (although she also reveals that she likes to work out to Led Zeppelin).

Note: there is additional footage of Rice and Barth at the piano and a look at what one of their lessons are like here.

Peter Robinson — Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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