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Bridging Music, Psychology, and Education: My Journey as an Author


I wanted to take a moment to delve into the origins of my passion for writing the "Billie and Muso" series, and how my background as a music teacher and educational psychologist has deeply influenced my approach.


Having spent years in both the world of music education and psychology, I've witnessed firsthand the incredible impact that music can have on young minds. It's not just about playing notes; it's about fostering growth, creativity, and confidence. As a music teacher, I've seen students transform as they conquer challenges and embrace a growth mindset.


This fixation with the growth mindset is what led me to create "Billie and Muso." In these books, our characters face various obstacles, but they approach them with determination and the belief that they can learn, adapt, and overcome. It's a philosophy that's deeply rooted in educational psychology - the idea that our abilities and intelligence are not fixed, but rather malleable with effort and learning.

But it's not just about the characters' growth. Socratic learning, a method of inquiry and discussion, plays a significant role in the series. Billie and her friends often find themselves facing questions that prompt them to think critically, explore new perspectives, and collaborate to find solutions. This mirrors the Socratic approach, encouraging young readers to engage actively with the text and reflect on its themes.


As an author, my goal is to blend music, psychology, and education to create stories that not only entertain but also inspire and empower. Through "Billie and Muso," I hope to ignite curiosity, foster a love for learning, and instill a belief that challenges are opportunities for growth.


Thank you for being a part of this journey with me. I'm excited to continue sharing stories that combine the magic of music with the power of education.


Joao Figueiredo

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