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The Key To Creativity: Think Like a Kid

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  • A presentation on a method Colgrass created for using graphic notation to teach children and music teachers how to create music. This program is designed so that the teachers can quickly apply this method without a composer being present. Participants will create and sing their own graphic piece on the spot using this creativity process.
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  • Michael Colgrass graduated from the University of Illinois in 1954 in percussion performance and composition. He freelanced in New York City with the New York Philharmonic, Dizzy Gillespie, West Side Story orchestra on Broadway and the Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky series at Columbia Records, among others. He has been commissioned by America’s top orchestras, chamber groups, wind ensembles and bands, and his works are played around the world. He won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Music, an Emmy Award in 1982, two Guggenheim Fellowships, grants from the Rockefeller and Ford foundations, and First Prize in the Barlow and Sudler International Wind Ensemble Competitions. His method of teaching graphic notation to children has been adopted into the junior high curriculum for Nova Scotia. His new autobiography, “Adventures of an American Composer,” is published by Meredith Music.