The Summerglen Files

Music, Creativity, and Everyday Life at Summerglen Music in Raleigh, NC

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Entries from October 2008

When You Need to Practice But Don’t Want To

October 20th, 2008 · No Comments

Today I worked with a student who absolutely detests scales. You can tell they’re the low point of his day, and that often, he’ll avoid practicing them altogether. I know the feeling, because I have that same dread when it comes to improvisation. Once I get started, I can improvise for hours. But getting started, [...]

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Tags: music education · Practice Tips

The Last Part of the Creative Process: “Ahhh…”

October 16th, 2008 · No Comments

I’m an educator with a very pragmatic teaching philosophy, so I can’t get over how cool it is when real-life experiences back up theories and research, and vice versa. Earlier this week, I took a trip through the creative process (and you can listen to the result in the previous post!) At the same time, [...]

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Tags: creativity

Passing Through Plymouth, Relaxing at Hatteras

October 14th, 2008 · No Comments

Even when you do something you enjoy for a living, you can get burned out if you don’t take breaks. So, this past weekend we took a break…and drove to the Outer Banks! It was a 4-1/2 hour drive each way, but we made the trip last even longer by stopping to check out this [...]

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Tags: staying healthy