Prof Wirth is a renowned Austrian musician and composer and two-time winner of the prestigious Grammy Award. He is also the president and artistic director of the Vienna Boys\u2019 Choir and founder of the Wirth Music Academy. In the course of an interview with The Statesman here on Tuesday, he came up with the following answers. \u201cMusic is important for pleasure and enjoyment. It generates positive emotions. It has its own significance for balanced personal development of children. It plays a major role in psychological and social development of a child and integration of school children,\u201d. On how music could be used to tackle growing tensions in all age-groups, Prof Wirth said, \u201cI think in many ways music can be used to fight growing tensions in society. It helps in improving self-esteem. People feel good about themselves. Music helps in handling difficult situations in life. It teaches us to listen to and respect each other even if the people concerned are not at the same level.\u201d The music maestro went on to say, \u201cWhen we sing in a group, we respond to each other, listen to each other. Music teaches a lot of skills without having to talk about them. By learning singing, we can handle our problems in a different way rather than intellectual one. It also teaches us self-discipline.\u201d To the question what could be the best way for learning music, he said, \u201cMusic can be learned in the best way in a group. If a person wants to learn music, he should start singing, experience music while making movements.\u201d Prof Wirth has developed a new methodology of teaching music. \u201cMy new methodology of teaching music is based on teaching practical music with the theory of music,\u201d he pointed out. \u201cThe basic pillars of my method of general music education involve sound development and, of course, instrumental education that also includes technical aspects to the instrument always, with emphasis on the quality of sound. It is a method of drawing the attention of children and making learning as interesting as possible\u201d Replying to a question on how music could be a bridge to improve relations between two countries, Prof Wirth said, \u201cWe can collaborate in productions and send music artists from one country to another country.\u201d On being asked what should be done to popularise music in India, he said, \u201cTo popularise music in India, we should ensure daily music teaching in schools. It should be part of curriculum in India. Music teachers should be trained in a proper way.\u201d According to the co-founders of the Music Institute of Chromatics, Mohit Rathore and Bharat Khurana, the Wirth method of teaching music is a creative way of teaching students to hone their artistic talents and skills. P.S.- This story was published on The Statesman and it has been republished on LAFFAZ on request of the owners of the Institute of Chromatics.