How Do Creativity and Structure Go Together?

Developing creative and expressive thinking is, I believe, at the heart and soul of music education. These two things, creative thinking and expression, are included in the core arts standards, in most arts curricula, and in most defenses of supporting the arts in education. Yet being creative is often misunderstood, and misleading and even harmful … Continue reading How Do Creativity and Structure Go Together?

Getting Beyond the Associative Property of Music

Music is a highly associative experience. I'm always interested in what is going on the the minds f my students as they listen to music, particularly classical music. Of course I can't know for sure-- no one can see into the mind of another person--but through careful questioning I find it valuable to try to … Continue reading Getting Beyond the Associative Property of Music

Front and Center in the Background

My school has four exhibition nights, one at the end of each marking period. The school is a museum magnet school. The museum part of that means that as the students learn about something, they create artifacts that can be displayed in a museum and that demonstrates their learning. Student docents are selected, and parents … Continue reading Front and Center in the Background