Free to Be Musical: Group Improvisation in Music
R&L Education, Oct 16, 2010 - Education - 150 pages
Free to Be Musical: Group Improvisation in Music is for those who lead musical experiences in the lives of children, youth, and adults. Offering a set of experiences to inspire creative musical expression, this book will prove useful for music education majors, practicing music teachers, community musicians, and music therapists alike. The experiences (or 'events') are designed to reduce the musical barriers that Western societies pass on to children by the time they reach the 'age of reason,' when the natural childhood penchant to sing, dance, and play musically gives way to perfect performances of standard repertoire preserved in Western staff notation. The authors present ways to encourage music that is expressive and inventive, spontaneous yet thoughtful, communal and collaborative, and unlimited in its potential to bring fulfillment to those who make it. You'll find opportunities to release the musical imagination in ways that are free and expansive, playful and instructive, personal and interpersonal. Higgins and Campbell have created a context that validates the experiments and explorations of all people who are potential makers of all styles of music. Their musical events embrace the belief that music-making is 'a trail of no mistakes,' a celebration of the many and varied musical pathways that both teacher and student can take.
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72 Figure Accented 8 count allow Arrange Ask students Ask the students Badge of Identity band and orchestral beat blues body percussion brass Call-and-response chairs chant circle clapping classroom community musicians Connective context creating music creative Development dig-a-dum DISCUSSION drone drums dynamic ensemble Evaluating music example experience Experimental musical facilitator facilitator’s fifty-minute sessions Group Improvisation group members guitars Improvising melodies individual Kecak keyboards Large group instrumental listening Major pentatonic scale move music and music Music Education music performances FOCUS music-making musical expression musical ideas musical improvisation musical invention NATIONAL STANDARDS orchestral wind participants pennywhistles Pentatonic idea Pentatonic minor percussion instruments Performing on instruments Philip Glass phrase pick-ups piece pitch series players poem potential pulse repertoire of music RESOURCES Available instruments rhythmic groove riff selected SHORT DESCRIPTION singers skills Small group sound Steve Reich string style tempo variations varied repertoire visual art vocal wire strippers workshop xylophones and marimbas