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.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Questions, Questions, Questions! 3. A Pedagogy for Musicianship 14. Music Making … for Whom? 5. The Basics of CMM … Just Do It! 6. Improvisation 7. Creative Music Making 8. CMM Step 1—Playing 9. CMM Step 2—Recording 10. CMM Step 3—Listening 11. CMM Step 4—Questioning 12. CMM Sessions at the University of Missouri–Kansas City Conservatory of Music 13. Track 4—Duet Improvisation 14. Track 5—Trio Improvisation A 15. Tracks 6 and 7—Trio Improvisations B and C 16. Tracks 8 and 9—Trio Improvisations D and E 17. Tracks 10 and 11—Trio Improvisations F and G 18. Track 12—Expanding Quartet Improvisation 19. CMM in Grade School Classrooms
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
"William L. Cahn offers ideas for encouraging creative development through free improvisation." -- Teaching Music