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What Should You Think About While Improvising?

POSTED ON July 20, 2017   |   Post A Comment
Playing what your hear? The chord changes? Listening to the band? Remembering licks you practiced? Nothing at all?

Finding the Zone

Some of the greatest improvisers describe a peak speak of non-thinking, known as being “in the zone” or a flow state. In a 2014 NPR interview, Sonny Rollins says, “When I play, what I try to do is to reach my subconscious level. I don’t want to overtly think about anything, because you can’t think and play at the same time — believe me, I’ve tried it. It goes by too fast.”

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The Dabbler, the Obsessive, the Hacker, and the Master

POSTED ON June 26, 2017   |   Post A Comment

Are you on the master’s journey, or are you dabbling, obsessing, or hacking your way through your music?

In his book Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment, George Leonard paints an inspiring picture of the masters journey. His insight helps us stay on the path in the face of the internal and external forces that can knock us off. Leonard’s discipline is the martial art Aikido, but his lessons in mastery are equally relevant to music (and any other domain).

Mastery is a path, a journey—not a destination. A commitment to the master’s journey is dedication to lifelong learning and growth.

Our progress toward mastery isn’t linear. We experience bursts of growth on our path, but the majority of our time is spent on a plateau, where we continue to practice even when we don’t see day-to-day results.


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Creativity Triggers Is an Amazon Bestseller!

POSTED ON June 17, 2017   |   Post A Comment

Creativity Triggers for Musicians went live in the Kindle store last week and hit #1 in a three music categories!


You can download the pdf for free here, and it’s free to share. Thanks for reading and spreading the word!

– ST

Summer Game Symphony Workshop at SPU

POSTED ON June 13, 2017   |   Post A Comment

Game Symphony Workshop

Unlocking musical creativity through group improvisation.

August 12-13, 2017 • 10:00am – 5:00pm • Seattle Pacific University

“My ears blossomed, my head exploded, and my creativity soared.”


Announcing the Game Symphony Workshop at SPU, an intensive 2-day workshop culminating in a concert of original works.

Designed for classically-trained musicians age 18 and up, Game Symphony Workshop is a collaborative music experience that generates the skills, confidence, and community to unlock musical creativity.
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Play Your Best Under Pressure

POSTED ON May 30, 2017   |   One Comment

Learn how to beat performance anxiety and perform your very best on stage.

This is the tagline for Dr. Noa Kageyama’s Beyond Practicing course. The class delivers on this promise and is unequivocally the most powerful music performance class I have taken. (FYI, this article is not a paid endorsement or advertisement.)

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The Trance of Measurement in Music Education

POSTED ON May 21, 2017   |   One Comment

Our educational system often operates with the limiting belief that growth and achievement are testable and measurable. When this mindset takes hold of music education, we set a high bar for conformity and proficiency, but lose sight of artistry, expression, and courage.

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Alberto G
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Registration Open for the Game Symphony Workshop

POSTED ON May 10, 2017   |   Post A Comment

Join us for a two-day improvisation workshop on the campus of Seattle Pacific University.

Last year, our inaugural adult workshop brought together a group of professional musicians, serious amateur players, and educators. Through prompts, games, and experimentation, we crafted a compelling 70 minute set of original music. I’m thrilled to lead the workshop with composer, vocalist, and Seattle Symphony Teaching Artist, Kaley Lane Eaton.

Registration is now open, and we only have room for 20 participants.

GSW is a mind-blowing improvisation experience. I left that weekend having made new friends and feeling so inspired! As a music educator, I was able to take GSW activities into my high school and college classrooms and see big results! I was practically knocking down Steve’s door to find out when the workshop was happening again. This workshop is so beneficial for classical musicians who are fearful of sounding bad and making mistakes during improvisation. My ears blossomed, my head exploded, and my creativity soared.

– Sarah Bost, M.A. Music Ed.
Flute and saxophone

 

Kaley leading the group last summer

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How To Bring Creativity To Your Private Music Lessons

POSTED ON April 17, 2017   |   Post A Comment

New article for private teachers on the Teach Well blog:

Even if you have little experience with improvisation and composition yourself, you can make a big impact on your students by helping them get off the page and create their own music during your private lessons.

The process nurtures creative, independent, and fearless musicians. As teachers, it helps us break out of our standard routines.

I’d like to share a few prompts from my new book Creativity Triggers for Musicians, which you can download for free here.

Read more on Medium.

Dissolve the Fear of Improvisation (Video)

POSTED ON March 27, 2017   |   Post A Comment

Fear and anxiety are the biggest roadblocks to creative music making. The good news is the right strategies can ease the most profound phobias.

“Portrait of Dizzy Gillespie” by William Gottlieb. Courtesy of The Library of Congress

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Which Billing Model is Right for Your Studio?

POSTED ON March 21, 2017   |   Post A Comment

A new article for freelance teachers on the Teach Well blog:

A clear billing policy is essential to run a thriving teaching business. The right model for you depends on how you choose to balance flexibility with consistent cash flow.

I’ve experimented with several billing models over the years, and I’d like to share the pros and cons of six such models:

Read more on Medium.

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