Category Archives: music

16 Ways To Spark Creativity

1. Get out of your head and back to your senses. Touch, smell, and taste. Reach out and feel the texture of bricks as you walk by a building. Forgo utensils to eat with your hands. Notice the sensation of cool … Continue reading

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Six Ways Introduce Fine Arts Using The Happy Idiot Method

Enjoyment-based, jump-right-in way we’ve always gotten comfy with fine arts. Continue reading

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Transferring Enthusiasm

There is something vitally important transmitted when one person’s enthusiasm sets off a spark in others. This sort of spirit can’t be reproduced in any curriculum. That’s why, whenever possible, we learn from people who are passionate. Potters, chemists, bird watchers, dairy farmers, blacksmiths, historians, wildlife rehabilitators, wood carvers, entrepreneurs, air traffic controllers, geologists, musicians, engineers, chefs, astronomers, you name it. Continue reading

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Dancing Babies & World Peace

We’re born more attuned to music than speech. Yet until this most recent generation and the benefits of music-sharing technology, few of us had the benefits of wide exposure to music beyond our own cultural borders. Building bridges of understanding can start with music. It can start before language, right about the time that first smile emerges. We’re made for music. Lets listen to one another’s. Continue reading

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Singing From the Inside Out

I can’t sneeze in a roomful of my friends without hitting a number of talented singer-songwriters who’d love to make a living through music. (Yes, a metaphorical sneeze.) Yet nearly every gifted artist any of us know has to ignore … Continue reading

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