Creative Music Making

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Most musicians focus on learning technique (learning how to play an instrument), rather than on developing an individual, unique voice. Creative Music Making focuses on the creative development of musicians from all levels of experience and in all styles of music. Based on the author's experience leading workshops for performers around the world, the easy-to-follow exercises in this text will enable any musician—from beginner to professional—to improve creativity and self-expression. Creative Music Making will open the ears of all musicians, vocalists or instrumentalists, in classical, popular, or jazz styles, to a world of new possibilities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415972826
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: Book and CD, 74 minutes
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

William Cahn is an internationally known performer and teacher. He is a founding member of the percussion-based improvisation group NEXUS, which has performed throughout the world. He wrote and performed on the CD, The Story of Percussion in the Orchestra, with narration by Bill Moyers. He lives in Rochester, NY

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Questions, questions, questions! 7
3 A pedagogy for musicianship 11
4 Music making ... for whom? 13
5 The basics of CMM ... just do it! 19
6 Improvisation 23
7 Creative music making 31
8 CMM step 1 - playing 35
9 CMM step 2 - recording 45
10 CMM step 3 - listening 49
11 CMM step 4 - questioning 53
12 CMM sessions at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music 59
13 Track 4 - duet improvisation 61
14 Track 5 - trio improvisation A 65
15 Tracks 6 and 7 - trio improvisations B and C 71
16 Tracks 8 and 9 - trio improvisations D and E 75
17 Tracks 10 and 11 - trio improvisations F and G 81
18 Track 12 - expanding quartet improvisation 85
19 CMM in grade school classrooms 91
20 Outcomes 97
21 Improvisation in concerts 99
Building a homemade Amadinda 103
Examples for supplementary listening 105
Recordings of improvised music performed by Bill Cahn 107
Track list for the enclosed compact disc 109
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