Playing For Joy

Soaring I wrote a post last Tuesday that was a manifesto against spending any more lesson time teaching students to perform from memory. (Mind you, I’m not totally against memorizing music – just against the idea that a memorized performance is the only legitimately good performance, and against inflicting what I believe is unnecessary stress

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Performing from Memory…or Not

image:  Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 License The events of my last several days have been staggering. In the space of about a week, I’ve learned of the deaths of several friends and friends of friends. These events plus the news of terrorism and the devastating Nepal earthquake have me doing some ruminating. I’ve been

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