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

Improv Quote of the Day: Choice is frightening

Improv Quote of the Day: Choice is frightening

The training of musicians has become largely concerned with how to interpret a score according to ...

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Tag: classical-music, improvisation, music-education, rod-paton

Improv Quote of the Day: How Music Starts

Improv Quote of the Day: How Music Starts

Musical development does not require an instrument from the start. Musical development begins with...

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Tag: improvisation, music, music-development, singing

Improv Game of the Day: Domination

Improv Game of the Day: Domination

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="180"] (Photo credit: Kaptain Kobold)[/caption] 1 player. T...

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Tag: body-percussion, improv-game, improvisation, rhythm, rhythm-exercise

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

Improv Game of the Day: Substitution

Improv Game of the Day: Substitution

1 player. Using the rhythms of any familiar tune that you can play by heart (all right, use sheet m...

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Tag: creating-melodies, improv-game, improvisation, melody, substitution