In Episode 8, I sit down with Professor Jeffrey Agrell from the University of Iowa. Jeff is one of the most creative people I know, and he has brilliant ideas on improvisation, music education, and much more!
- Why “limitations are a creative person’s best friend.”
- Limitations force us to discover something new.
- We are hardwired to not like change
- Serial duets “I go, you go.”
- We need aural training on our instrument(s).
- Benefits of playing without notation.
- Improv games
- How improvisation “ties it all together.”
- Recommended book: Cut the Knot, Alexander Bogomolny
- Looking at “mistakes” in a different way
- We are all born creative.
- One of Jeff's many books, Improvisation Games for Classical Musicians
- Another recommended book: Thinker Toys, Michael Michalko
- SCAMPER: Substitute/Combine/Adapt/Modify(Also Magnify and Minify)/Put to another use/Eliminate/Retrograde
- Shout out to Ricardo Matosinhos!
- Why deadlines are really good.
- You are not alone.