improvisation

Improvisation Inspiration – See How Lame I Am!

While looking for something else today, I discovered a fantastic set of videos by Dr. Peter Schubert of McGill University. Using an exercise first conceived of by Mozart to help a piano student who played well but “had no ideas” for creating her own music, Dr. Schubert coaches a student through the creation of his …

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What Will My Teaching Philosophy Be In Regard To Improvisation?

The 88 Creative Keys Educator’s conference only lasted 3 days, but my head is still there. Yesterday, I went to the grocery store. I just needed a couple of items, but I also came home with a beach ball, dry erase crayons, some cute little rubbery animals, and a magnetic fishing pole. This is what …

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88 Creative Keys Conference: New Tricks For This Old Dog

Photo source They say old dogs can’t learn new tricks. I hope they’re wrong! As I prepare for the 88 Creative Keys conference this summer (have you signed up yet?), I’ll confess that I’m feeling a little nervous. We’ll be learning from Bradley Sowash and Leila Viss all about incorporating more creativity into lessons using …

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Improvisation: Nurturing The Ear That Sees And The Eye That Hears

When I was a young piano student, my teachers never asked me to improvise. There were no gold stars awarded for “doodling” – no certificates, recital trophies, or pins.  So, I never did it.  And that’s a shame. Bach “doodled” until he became so good at it that he could test out new organs by …

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