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1 Life and Music After CCT By: Suzanne M. Clark

2 CCT Focus Musician and new teacher Overuse injuries and qigong Self-reflection and self-understanding –Ira Progoff’s Journal of Self-Development –Louise Montello’s Musicians’ Wellness Musical creativity and process Building and Sustaining Connectedness to One’s Musical Creativity and Spirit … CCT helped to develop six areas…

3 1) Harmony, Bass and Arranging Model my own thinking and process Reflective Practice: –Musical learning process –Musical sounds –Compositional process Open-ended Projects: –Define intent –Identify process –Assess outcomes

4 2) The Creative Flame Creativity defined Process Personality Blocks People Tools Visualization Testing-assessment Cognitive restructuring 10 year rule Performance anxiety Overuse injuries Creativity cards Focus: Creative Process vs.Product

5 Creative Flame Final Project A work-in-progress: –Challenges and stretches your creativity –Meaningful to you –Demonstrates your creative process –Shows artistic/musical/creative application of course material –A public presentation –A written paper

6 Process and Product: 4 Examples Jacosa: Family montage set to her song and voice Andrew: Photography techniques set to Leo Kottke Adrian: Political statement set to “Us” by Regina Spektor Maeve: Her music set to The Land of Counterpane by R. L. Stevenson

7 3) Playing in the Key of Chi: Qigong for Musicians Historical context Studies on qigong Examine energetic practices Specific application to musicians’ needs The Nine Phases The Seven Precious Gestures Gentle Tiger The Vitality Method Miscellaneous exercises Focus: Using qigong to cope with the daily stress of a music student’s life

8 Sharing Research Projects Chi of Food Asthma and Qigong Depression and Qigong Meditation The Chakras Reiki Chi and the Quantum Field Chi and Vocalizing An aspect of qigong/course material of the student’s choice –A short in-class presentation –A reflective essay

9 What Do Students Think? Practicing qigong helps put me in a better place to practice or perform and keeps me aware of issues related to playing that previously have been more of a problem. I have also become more aware of my chi … as a physical matter rather than an abstract notion or feeling. This will greatly improve my performances in my music. It has helped me get through many (playing) sessions this semester and has helped me balance this hectic schedule of musicianship. I’ve also started doing some qigong with my guitar on me and it already is starting to help me with some blocks. It is very calming. It helps my outlook on life. I think in a sense, it is helping me accept myself more.

10 4) The Music of The Beatles Three stages of the Beatles’ compositions through a chronology of their work Context: –social and musical culture –time period –personal influences Focus: Based on Hayes’ 10 Year Rule Harmonic and melodic structure Song form Rhythmic layers Bass structure Arranging techniques Lyrical structure

11 And in the End … What can you do to demonstrate your experience of The Beatles? –Creative experimentation with Beatle techniques: Composition Arranging Lyric-writing Recording - technological –Research-based project What excites you? What else do you want to know?

12 And in the End… the Students Paul is Dead Rumor Covers of Beatle tunes George and Indian Influences Musical Re-creations Beatles and Maharishi Many, many compositions: –Maya: Jazz composer turned rock –Jenna: Arrangement of Yesterday –Kat: String quartet/vocals/pop –John: Meter/phrase, harmony –Maria: Lyrical journey, harmony –Joe: Bluegrass Taxman

13 5) Seminar in Creativity Online summer course for CCT Examines: –Creative Fundamentals –Creative Blocks –Finding Creative Ground Relies heavily on creative artists What my musical life brings to CCT

14 6) Professional Development A study involving creativity and the music of popular, rock and jazz genres –Creative influences –Creative process –Creative blocks –Creative evaluation


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