Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity

By Scott Watson | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 2
THOUGHTS ON CREATIVITY

VALUE OF CREATIVE THINKING

SINCE VERY FEW IF ANY of our students will go on to be professional composers or music producers, is there value in spending more than a small amount of time engaging them creatively? Maybe that question can be answered with another: Is there value in teaching children to write prose in language arts class, to investigating nature with science experiments, or to working out abstract equations in algebra class when they may not go forth to be career writers, scientists, or mathematicians? Obviously the answer is an emphatic yes. We must give music students some experience with musical creativity if we are to provide them with a balanced musical experience representative of the diversity of musical activity.

Creativity-based learning also makes sense in a larger way. According to Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future,1 we have passed through the Agricultural Age to the Industrial Age and even the Informational Age and are entering the Conceptual Age, where creativity offers workers and businesses a competitive advantage.


Creative Problem Solving in Education

All music educators, and really educators in general, do not have to look too far to find a compelling rationale to support the worth of creative work. Let’s look at some of the nonmusical creative tasks tackled by music teachers all the time. Creating a lesson schedule for fourth- and fifth-grade students is a chore the elementary instrumental teachers in my department undertake each fall to start the year. The goal is to schedule several hundred band or strings students into 30-minute, “pull-out” lesson groups of like (or at least similar) instruments. On average, we can schedule 10 lessons per day. So far, so good. The challenge, at least with our district’s scheduling policies, is to schedule these lessons around

1. Daniel H. Pink, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future (New York: Penguin Group, 2005), 48–51.

-14-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 336

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.