Every child is creative when they enter elementary school. The challenge for educators is to find a way to keep them this way by the time they leave it. Music is a powerful and easy way to accomplish just that. This session will outline ways to give children experiences in creative music through musical games, rhythm, movement, and storytelling.
The Good News: Creating one’s own music is loaded with all kinds of musical vitamins and minerals and is just plain fun, and fun is motivation, motivation means people gladly work harder and longer and the final result is success and good attitudes all around. The Bad News: Creative music is a challenge to integrate into large ensembles like band, choir, and orchestra. How do you get so many people at once involved? This session will explore ways to make creative music a part of every student's experience in a large ensemble.
Theory is of limited use when not combined with practice. The best way to understand nearly anything is to jump in and do it, not just talk about it. This session will give everyone a chance to try out some improvisation games, experience Soundpainting (a gestural system of improvisation), and generally enjoy group improv in a hands-on, no theory allowed creative music workshop experience. No instruments needed, but you may bring small objects that make noise when struck, shaken, stirred, or otherwise set in vibration.