Sages from the Ages on Music

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[repost from horninsights.com]

Music has been around a long time. Most folks just play it and/or listen to it and enjoy it.  But some folks think about it, talk about it. This has been going on for a long time. Sometimes it’s interesting to look back and see what the sages from the ages thought about music and the role of music in human society way back then (of course, their music sounded much different from our music. You wonder what they would have thought of, say, Beethoven 9, or 4’33” or Patsy Cline or Sgt Pepper or Orange Blossom Special or the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra….

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Improv Course Materials Library!

I just got a terrific idea and inspiration from Jim Oshinsky, author of Return to Child, a great    book about the improvisation method of Music for People, David Darling’s long time amazing improvisation project (more on that later). The idea is this: we teachers of improv spend a lot of time far away from each other; we get inspiration and ideas from our students and from performance, but what’s missing is a chance to share ideas about what works and what doesn’t. To that end, I would like to start a repository of improv course materials – syllabi, assignments, resources, bibliographies, and so on so that we can all help each other.

Thus: look up at the black bar just above this post. I am starting a new menu/category there of improv materials. I would like to appeal to all improv teachers to send whatever they would like to share (pdf form is handy) with the rest of us. Jim and I will start it off and post some of our materials.

Hat’s off to Jim for the great idea (and another tip of the hat to all that he has been doing in this area for years). Let’s the rest of us join in.


Welcome to Improv Insights

Welcome to a new blog on creativity in music specifically designed for the classical musician. It is the labor of love of two classical improvisers, Jeffrey Agrell and Evan Mazunik and will feature content centered around improvisation for classical musicians, using nonjazz improvisation in classical (traditional) pedagogy (in lessons, in schools, in large ensembles), in creative thinking, and anything else that pops up in the course of thinking and writing about these subjects.

We highly encourage our readers to jump in with their comments, ideas, and questions about this fascinating new/old subject!