Free to Be Musical: Group Improvisation in Music is for those who lead musical experiences in the lives of children, youth, and adults. Offering a set of experiences to inspire creative musical expression, this book will prove useful for music education majors, practicing music teachers, community musicians, and music therapists alike. The experiences (or 'events') are designed to reduce the musical barriers that Western societies pass on to children by the time they reach the 'age of reason,' when the natural childhood penchant to sing, dance, and play musically gives way to perfect performances of standard repertoire preserved in Western staff notation. The authors present ways to encourage music that is expressive and inventive, spontaneous yet thoughtful, communal and collaborative, and unlimited in its potential to bring fulfillment to those who make it. You'll find opportunities to release the musical imagination in ways that are free and expansive, playful and instructive, personal and interpersonal. Higgins and Campbell have created a context that validates the experiments and explorations of all people who are potential makers of all styles of music. Their musical events embrace the belief that music-making is 'a trail of no mistakes,' a celebration of the many and varied musical pathways that both teacher and student can take.
Lee Higgins is a visiting associate professor of music in the School of Music Education at Boston University. Patricia Shehan Campbell is Donald E. Petersen Professor of Music in the School of Music at the University of Washington.
Part 1 Foreword Part 2 I. Orientations Chapter 3 Context Chapter 4 Event Chapter 5 Workshop Chapter 6 Facilitation Chapter 7 Toolkit Chapter 8 Play and Participation Chapter 9 Welcome Chapter 10 Safe Space Chapter 11 "Let the Wild Rumpus Begin" - Preparation Chapter 12 Prior to Launch Part 13 II. Events Chapter 14 Badge of Identity Chapter 15 Be Free Chapter 16 Blues Chapter 17 Building Blocks Chapter 18 Clapping Community Chapter 19 Criss Cross Rhythm Chapter 20 Dig a Dum Chapter 21 Drone on Chapter 22 Ensemble Chapter 23 Journey Chapter 24 Keep Breathing Chapter 25 Keep Moving Chapter 26 Muscal Realizations of Art Chapter 27 On Becoming a Character Chapter 28 Pentagroove Chapter 29 Poeting-Musicking Chapter 30 Rhythmic Chairs Chapter 31 Riff Around Chapter 32 Sending It Home Chapter 33 Signs Chapter 34 Sonic-Sphere Part 35 III. Connectives