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January 07, 2008

Music and the Double-Entry System

Jill Stoddard
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“Did you know Alan Greenspan was a great saxophone player?” says Professor Julian Yeo. “He toured with Henry Jerome and his orchestra after high school.”

Like Greenspan, Yeo is a musician — a jazz singer. He also teaches accounting. “For both you need a good foundation. Music has theory, and for accounting there's the double-entry system. Both foundations dictate what you do, and they both require a lot of professional judgment. And without a foundation, you wouldn't be able to embellish.”

“Not that accounting should be creative,” he added with a chuckle.

Yeo started playing the electric organ at age six. “I always loved to sing. I never think of it as performing. I'm just there to communicate something. Similarly in my teaching — it's all about communicating.”

Comments

by Tim | January 16, 2008 at 2:29 AM

As a pianist, I look forward to my future career at the Federal Reserve!

by HFlinker68 | January 18, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Professor Yeo [or "Yao Jiaoshou"], A "great" saxophone player? Probably only in the general, colloquial sense I am guessing. His reputation as a musician may be enlarged the way his latter reputation as an economist has been. When he was a consuting economist before he joined The Fed his record was.........barely closer to the actual than Melbourne to Perth. Howie

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