Sunday, June 21, 2009

Thinking about everyone having access to intense responses to tone: I find that for many people music instruction actually dims those responses. (You know the expression about a little learning being dangerous.)

It is possible to get back in touch with those deep experiences--in fact, helping people achieve that constitutes a large part of my work. It could even be said that it is the story of my own musical life.

In the work I do with children my goal is to not disturb their confident access to their innermost musicality. Interestingly, for each child this requires a unique trajectory. That is why they must also learn to play together with one another and why they do so without regimentation but with mutual confidence.