I just saw a fabulous video, appropriate for teachers,musicians, and even children, about what happens when we copy creative works. While it might seem somewhat self-serving to blog about this, I will tell you that composers especially get so little of the money made from music that sometimes it’s completely un-motivating to write anything! If you want to know what makes what in the […]
Trying something new as a teacher, composer, artist, or entrepreneur? I love this beautiful wisdom from Machiavelli:
And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those […]
There are no words necessary for this thing of beauty and inspiration.
iMake a place to sit down.Sit down. Be quiet.You must depend uponaffection, reading, knowledge,skill—more of eachthan you have—inspiration,work, growing older, patience,for patience joins timeto eternity. Any readerswho like your poems,doubt their judgment.iiBreathe with unconditional breaththe unconditioned air.Shun electric wire.Communicate slowly. Livea three-dimensioned life;stay away from screens.Stay away from anythingthat obscures the place it […]
We’re always looking for ways to inspire our students, yes? I think a big part of the equation for inspiring others is being inspired ourselves. When we are passionate about what we do, this can really light a fire for others. Sometimes however, our passions and inspirations are far removed from our students. Have […]
I’m a few weeks into the Fall Lesson Book Bash incentive program and I am absolutely thrilled with what my students are doing*. Yes, they are making great progress in their lesson books, but more importantly they are coming up with all kinds of little “creative flairs” for their pieces. What’s thrilling to me is that several students who have never thought of […]
If you are interested at all in the concept of creativity, you need to read this Wall Street Journal article, “Chains That Set us Free.” Now, there have been any number of articles, musicians, and all kinds of creatives that talk about the benefits of setting limits when […]