philosophy

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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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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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:  http://psychologykisml.wikispaces.com/  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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