Welcome to this website where I hope to inspire dialogue and sharing of ideas for composition and improvisation in K-12 music education. This website/blog will serve as an extension to my recently published book Music Outside the Lines: Ideas for Composing in K-12 Music Classrooms, which offers both practical and research-based ideas for teachers (anyone) to engage students in composition and improvisation. The blog categories are organized by the chapters and categories in the book.
I’ve been enjoying composition and improvisation work with children and adults of all ages and places for a very long time. And my conviction has only grown stronger over time that these creative music activities are among the most powerful that we can offer our students in music teaching spaces.
Please share composition and improvisation activities you’ve tried that are your own or come from the book. What works? What doesn’t? How can we learn from each other? Let’s talk about it! I will post my continually evolving thoughts about music composition and improvisation in K-12 music. Share your own thoughts or read my posts in the “Thoughts” section of this blog.
My main belief is that we simply have to jump in and just DO IT! So let’s go…