Tag Archives: Zen

The Quest

I love teaching The History Of Western Music class. This course is a one year survey for students who major in other areas such as jazz or classical Arab music. I somehow feel that I have more freedom, and instead … Continue reading

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Yield

In our last lesson, we watched the film Tous les matins du monde (All the mornings in the world) starring Gerard Depardieu and his son Guillaume. The film is about the Viola da Gamba virtuoso Marain Marrais and his relationship … Continue reading

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The Fish, the Frog, the Bird and the Bear

The workshop on Creativities in Practice at the Musiclearninglive conference was one of my favorite events. In this workshop, Pamela Burnard, Anna Houmann and Eva Saether challenged us with questions about our own creativity. It was an experience, an event. … Continue reading

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Meditation

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls it FLOW, and I have already mentioned in an earlier post that in Tai Chi we call it relaxed concentration. Sometimes I tell a student not to try that hard. “I concentrate hard on what I … Continue reading

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The Garden

Many times, when we use the term music education, I feel embarrassed. I know what music is, but what is education? I read once in one of my Zen books that a teacher is like a good bonfire: while it … Continue reading

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