01/16/15

Creativity Quotes of the Day

English: French composer Nadia Boulanger (1887...

English: French composer Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) in 1925. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You are enriched by all the music you know by heart; it becomes a part of you. –Nadia Boulanger

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember: amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. –Anonymous

The Earth without Art is just “eh”. –Anonymous

A problem is a chance for you to do your best. – Duke Ellington

Very few people do anything creative after the age of thirty-five. The reason is that very few people do anything creative before the age of thirty-five. 
- Joel Hildebrand

The way to succeed is to double your error rate. – Thomas J. Watson

01/7/15

Improv Quote of the Day: Making Things

Vijay Iyer

Vijay Iyer

My primary orientation is as an artist, and what that means is that I make things. I don’t make things in order to make money – I make things in order to communicate, reflect, meditate, and connect with people. It’s a personal practice. It’s a spiritual practice. It’s a social practice. And that’s really the foundation of everything I do.

–Jazz pianist, composer, and MacArtur fellowship winner Vijay Iyer

Peter Webster's Bibiliography

Peter Webster's Bibiliography

Anyone interested in creative music should be familiar with the glorious 99 page annotated bibliog...

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Tag: annotated-bibliography-on-creative-thinking-in-music, northwestern-university, peter-r-webster

Improvisation Books

Improvisation Books

The best way to learn (nonjazz) improvisation is to do it - play and play, preferably with exper...

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Tag: classical-improvisation, improvisation-books-2, stephen-nachmanovitch

Improv Game of the Day: Densities

3+ players. No key! Experiment with density of notes. Play some dense flurries of as many notes per ...

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Tag: classical-improvisation, densities, improv-game, improvisation, texture

Improv Quote of the Day: The Core of the Curriculum

Improv Quote of the Day: The Core of the Curriculum

Improvisation should be at the core of the music curriculum.
 It should come first 
and should ...

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Tag: improvisation, music-curriculum, music-education, r-keith-sawyer

Improv Quote of the Day: First and Foremost

Improv Quote of the Day: First and Foremost

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="168"] "Piano Improvisation IV" (Photo credit: wwwuppertal)[...

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Tag: improv-quote, improvisation, ladonna-smith