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Free to Be Musical: Group Improvisation in Music

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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.

Book News Annotation:

For music education majors, music teachers and therapists, and community musicians, Higgins (music, Boston U.) and Campbell (music, U. of Washington) present a set of 21 improvisational music experiences or events that are designed to reduce the barriers that Western societies pass on to children when their motivation to sing, dance, and play musically turns into a task to create perfect performances of standard Western repertoire. They outline ways to encourage improvisation that is expressive and inventive, open, spontaneous, collaborative, unlimited, and connecting students to the wider world. The experiences are based on ideas from music education and the community music movement in the UK and contexts in which music is used therapeutically, emphasizing play and participation over performance. Descriptions of the events outline related national standards, focus, resources needed, preparation, the process, and discussion. They relate to the blues, rhythm, composing, ensembles, breathing, and other activities. There is no index. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781607094982
Author:
Higgins, Lee
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Education
Foreword by:
McPherson, Gary
Author:
Campbell, Patricia Shehan
Subject:
Improvisation (music)
Subject:
Music -- Instruction and study.
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - Science & Technology
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Composition
Subject:
Education-Teaching Science
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
150

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