A few weeks ago I sat down with Daniel Dovinh at my teaching studio in Ballard. He interviewed me about being an active musician and music educator. When I first started teaching in 2008, I had an idea of how music worked, and I knew how to play it, but I definitely did not know how to teach it. This podcast talks about how I became a teacher and some of the things I've learnt over the past 10 years.
Daniel has done a whole series with 10 other musicians over at intervalmusicpodcast.com/, I highly recommend it. He is on a mission to inspire people to believe a career in music is possible. Follow the link below to check out my interview:
Why do certain notes played in a certain way create a certain feeling, and how is it different when those same notes are played together by a machine versus an artist? Is it still music if performed by a machine? Some would say it is not music unless it is made by a human. At the same time, I’ve heard music programmed by a computer that makes me feel really deeply, whereas a person can play an instrument and be extremely talented, but lack any real emotional expression. So what is that intangible thing that makes it “music”? I believe this question should be at the core of every student’s musical quest.
Here is one musician's creative answer to some of the questions raised above: