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Musical Creativity: Pt 1of 2

A general perception is that making music is inherently creative, but this is not so. Many who learn an instrument seldom engage in the cores of creative music—composing, improvising, and rearranging. Rather, music education programs focus mostly on the re-creation

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Imagination: Practising Without Instrument, Without Notation.

In recent years brain-scanning techniques have revealed the true ability of the brain to learn via the imagination. In one experiment the brain of a young violinist was scanned to compare two conditions: 1) playing the violin with notation; and

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Practising Music Without Instrument, With Notation.

I suppose I was not practising the piano enough in my university years because my piano teacher suggested I practise in transit from my home to university, on the train. This, Stephen said, would be a constructive way to use

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