09/18/12

Proofs!

It’s been a busy start to the school year. Besides the regular horn teaching, I’m teaching Creativity in Music (where does music come from: improvisation and composition – for non majors) and Weird Music (a first year seminar – weird, meaning unfamiliar to incoming freshman). Lots of work, lots of fun. I will detail some of what we’re doing in these classes soon, but right now I just want to announce some other news:

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07/24/12

Improv Quote of the Day: What Improv Is Good For

Repertoire-based improvisation is beneficial. It develops sensitivity to notice the features in the composition; it encourages creativity; it develops the ability to think and make decisions in motion; and it provides infinite musical ideas to choose from, to improvise freely.

–Yawen Eunice Chyu in Teaching Improvisation to Piano Students of Elementary to Intermediate Levels (DMA Dissertation)

06/14/12

Idea of the Millennium: Nouveau Niche

The old saying (can’t think of the author – sounds like Oscar Wilde, though) was: there are two tragedies in life. One is not getting what you want. The other is getting it. Or that old stand-by: Careful what you wish for (you might get it).

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Peter Thiel

David Brooks, columnist for the NYT, recently wrote an intriguing column entitled: The Creative Monopoly. He leads with a story about Peter Thiel, a bright grad of Stanford and Stanford law, who didn’t get what he wanted: a Supreme Court clerkship. But instead of becoming, say, an ambulance chaser who moans nightly to bartenders about thwarted dreams, he harnessed that ambition and tried something else. He founded a little company called – you might have heard of it – Paypal. In his spare time he was an early investor in another little company you might have heard of: Facebook. And on and on. Currently in his spare time he teaches CS183: Startup  – a class in the computer science department at Stanford (Blake Masters has posted an essay version of his class notes  – read them here – they’re excellent). No surprise there.

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06/3/12

Ideas! Cool stuff! New Tomorrows!

English: Flowchart for problem solving.

Yeah, yeah, I know, this blog is supposed to be about classical improv, etc., but I am a big fan of ideas in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Cool stuff is cool stuff. And: if you’re paying attention and think a bit, sometimes when you come across a DNA-bending Creative New Idea, you extrapolate and otherwise tweak or transplant the idea to other fields. Say, classical improv. Or horns. Anyway, here’s a fun article that you should definitely check out for just this reason:

32 Innovations that Will Change Your Tomorrow

Who can resist ideas like Analytical Undies (#3), The Shutup Gun (#14), Terrifying Playgrounds (#17), The Mind-Reading Shopping Cart (#21), Teeth That Think (#23), or Robo-Petting (#31)?

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