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New review for ‘Learning Strategies for Musical Success’

Good news! This morning, Australian music education site ‘The Music Trust’, an initiative taken by eminent Australian Music Educator Dr Richard Letts, reviewed my book ‘Learning Strategies for Musical Success’. I must say I am thrilled with it, and think reviewer

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Fostering Musical Creativity Ten Tips: 9 and 10

Number Nine & Ten of Ten: To encourage risk-taking in a nonthreatening atmosphere, teachers should provide conditions for relaxed and enjoyable learning. Worrying about mistakes stifles creative effort because innovation requires experimentation, which implies uncertain outcomes and being prepared for

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Fostering Musical Creativity Ten Tips: 7 & 8 of 10

Number Seven & Eight of Ten: Teachers should draw connections between music and nature, music and numbers, music and sports, and music and art by using metaphors and analogies. All things in the universe are related and new patterns and

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Fostering Musical Creativity Ten Tips: 5 & 6 of 10

Number Five & Six of Ten: Think, work, and play divergently. Teachers should allow students to challenge key assumptions and break rules. In schools, much of education is convergent in that student work heads toward a singular pre-existing answer. Teachers

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Fostering Musical Creativity Ten Tips: 4 of 10

Number Four of Ten: Creativity demands questioning. Teachers should encourage a lot of questions and tease out questions for students to solve. Teachers can be in too much of a hurry to satisfy their students’ curiosity; they should allow their

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Fostering Musical Creativity Ten Tips: 3 of 10

Number Three of Ten: Authentic problem finding is an important concept for composition. Teachers should find authentic problems to solve that are relevant to their students. One example of this is the protest song. As Rousseau says, adolescence is the

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Fostering Musical Creativity Ten Tips: 2 of 10

Number Two of Ten: Maximize opportunities to give choice. Teachers should allow students the freedom to approach an activity their way. This increases intrinsic motivation and gives students a sense of ownership. Learning can happen spontaneously through self-discovery and does not

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