Improvisation eludes most classical musicians for a variety of reasons which are mostly related to training. I’ve made it my job to create resources which help musicians overcome barriers they face in expanding their confidence, skill, and knowledge as it relates to expanding musicianship, musical career opportunities, and creativity
Scott Laird is the Fine Arts Coordinator at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. I’ve admired his ability to navigate the worlds of classical, modern, and participatory musical styles- as a player, conductor, and teacher. We sat down to talk about bringing these worlds together through the lens of a string teacher.
Here’s a process working musicians can use to create a burst of income or develop a new project. It’s the same process that I guide people through in my month-long interactive online group course
Now is a good time to contribute positive statements such as “American Spirit is….(fill in the blank)”. This is not necessarily an expression of a political viewpoint. It’s a positive expression of what it stands for to us to be American; A celebration of what unites us as Americans.
I sat down with Cellist Mike Block to discuss his shift from classical training at Cleveland Institute of Music and Julliard to immersing himself as an improviser and composer in the worlds of contemporary (“non-classical”) styles.