Category Archives: Reflections

Thoughts about musical creativity and it’s importance in education, practice, and performance

The Powerful Duo

In improvisation class today, we played in duets the whole time. It was so much fun; the feeling of becoming so engrossed in the sound you are creating is incredible, because the sound you build with the other person is … Continue reading

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Interpretation: What do You Believe?

When I was a freshman, I took the Introduction to the English Major class at the University of Iowa before determining that I just wanted a degree in music. One interesting dilemma that was presented to us in this class … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Music

Several weeks ago, my flute professor passed out this article during masterclass about the function of music in society, encouraging us to really think about what WE think the importance of music is. Indeed, it is a subject which is … Continue reading

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Feeling Inadequate?

How often do you compare yourself to others? Does a beautiful masterwork inspire you to pick up your canvas and start painting (or your horn to start practicing, etc. etc.), or are you completely daunted and discouraged of ever producing … Continue reading

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Should Mediocre Creativity be Stifled?

“Everywhere I go, I’m asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.” –Flannery O’Conner Iowa Ave in Iowa City is known as the Literary Walk; there, you can find several … Continue reading

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