The Creative Process of Connecting

By now all music educators (should) have worked the National Core Arts Standards into their curriculum, instructional planning, and teaching. From the outset, we have all understood creating, performing, and responding to music, because these are things we have always had our students do. These actions were couched in new contexts, and given new objectives, … Continue reading The Creative Process of Connecting

Perceiving Expression in Music

The authors of the National Core Arts Standards placed a high premium on expressive intent. It is included in Creating; plan and make, and present, Performing; interpret, Responding; interpret, and in the overriding artistic process on connecting. As I have written elsewhere, expressive intent is problematic in that the listener rarely knows for sure what … Continue reading Perceiving Expression in Music

Musical Cultural Context and a Cubs Game

One of the items on my “bucket list” has been to go to a baseball game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. I am a lifelong Red Sox fan, but I have a deep appreciation for all teams with a long history and tradition, and Wrigley certainly fits into that category. Being a musician, the extensive … Continue reading Musical Cultural Context and a Cubs Game

The Variety of Musical Dissonance

Dissonance is one of those musical elements I love to teach. This is because I love dissonance in music. For me, it is what makes music expressive, passionate, driving, exciting, powerful, and fun. Like anything else, too much dissonance is not good, but used in a balanced and skillful way; it turns very ordinary music … Continue reading The Variety of Musical Dissonance