I am a teacher who does not usually struggle with fixing a vocal problem or finessing a vocal line, but does struggle with keeping herself organized! I have three assistants at this time who help me overcome this deficiency. One manages my scheduling, a second manages my billing, and the third manages and arranges my student’s and vocal group’s performances. The latter two work just a few hours a month. The former oversees any lesson changes I need to make to accommodate my directing and performing or changes that may be requested by my students and their families, and she usually works 10 hours or so a month. [···]
Need curriculum for teaching the creative stuff?
Have favorite resources to share?
- Over the next few months, I’d love your help in compiling a list of resources for teaching music creativity. My own experience has been that it is difficult to find adequate materials in the areas of improvisation and composition curricula, and I would love to know about resources you use to inspire your students in their music creativity! I will share some of my favorites. As you can see, many of them are my own, developed for use in my own teaching and then published for others. They have been successful! But, I would really value your suggestions as well! Please add your favorites by comment, and I will amend the list as we go!
Here’s just a start…as I am on vacation as I write this, so I may be able to add more upon returning to my studio after the New Year!
Resources for Music Creativity –
Places to Start, and Were to Find Them
Imagery and Stories
Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (all levels) – Amazon
Crazy Staves by C. Schumann (beg/int) – Piacere Music Press
Flip for Improvisation “Jr” and “Original” (beg/int) by C. Schumann – Piacere Music Press
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