The Eye Ear Revolution Has Begun

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Television personality Scott Houston explains a point.

I’ve just returned from the Music Teacher’s National Association conference in CA where I was fortunate to serve as chair of the jazz/pop track along with project manager Leila Viss.  I’ve been swimming upstream on the subject of teaching creativity as a necessary ingredient to comprehensive musicianship at music teacher meetings all over the country for several years.  So it was with particular delight to find that we could attract a packed room of teachers for nine hours of sessions with experts on the subject of teaching popular music styles, improvisation and creativity.

Leila leads an "off the bench" activity.
Leila leads an “off the bench” activity.

It seems the old model of only teaching the “masters” using only the written page is finally giving way to a more balanced approach or as someone at the conference quipped, “the Queen Mary (of music education) is slowly turning.”  I can get even more dramatic by declaring, “The eye/ear revolution has begun!”   If you are a musician or music teacher, you can get a glimpse of what we did in this track by checking out the handouts and reading Leila’s thoughts on the day here.

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