Creation and Permutation

Creation and Permutation

All art is theft, with varying degrees of directness. Creative ideas do not emerge from nothingness, nor are they divinely inspired; instead, musicians recycle. Musical fragments enter the vat of the subconscious and are morphed, deconstructed, combined, elaborated,...
Music Babbling

Music Babbling

Recall your child’s first word… Now imagine it was their first sound. What if they had emerged silent and pondered speech until they were ready to present the fruits of their observations? “Go,” or perhaps “Mama.” In language, as in music, sense coalesces out of...
Listen

Listen

Music students ought to love music. This is not a terribly controversial statement, but it is often seen as irrelevant. For some parents and teachers – and indeed in the Suzuki philosophy – the main idea behind music lessons is that the child develops...
We Learn Everything The Same Way

We Learn Everything The Same Way

And it is by doing. Practice, habit building, repetition, reinforcement, routine; whatever you want to call it, there is no other way to build a skill or explore a mode of expression. So at the most fundamental level, learning is not very complicated or mysterious!...
The Opportunity that Lies within a Mistake

The Opportunity that Lies within a Mistake

Why have we all gotten worse at learning? The assertion that children glom onto skills at a much higher rate than adults is, by this point, folk wisdom (it is also a central premise of the Suzuki Method.) Many propose simple explanations for this observation. One...