Judge equally at home on piano bench

The Indianapolis Star has an interesting article about Superior Court Judge Mark Stoner’s love of the piano, and how it helped him to supplement his income through law school and as a young lawyer.

He keeps a practice piano in his office, next to his judicial chambers. It includes a synthesiser, four-track recorder, and a harpsichord.

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According to the Mozart effect, classical music training boosts young people’s IQs. Perhaps as an extension of that theory, Judge Stoner finds he does better on the bench with the help of some music.

“The piano was a present to myself when I came on the bench,” he said. “It gives me a chance for something to do and relax when a jury is deliberating, or it gives me some relief if I get mad at the lawyers.”

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