The Summerglen Files

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

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Ringing in the New Year with Creativity

January 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Hello again! It’s been quite a while since I’ve written and I’m glad to be back here on the Summerglen Files. Posts here have been a bit sparse because I’ve been working on several big projects, but I look forward to an exciting, post-filled 2009! One of the projects that has dominated my time over [...]

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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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Mindful, Grateful, Musical

August 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Often, people comment on how fun my line of work must be. After all, I get to “play” for a living! While it’s true that being a musician is a super-cool job, it’s definitely not all fun and games. Like my grandmother said, “The work must be done in order to play.” As an independent [...]

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Tags: creativity · staying healthy

Goals with Minds of Their Own

August 4th, 2008 · No Comments

I just completed the first half of my trombone practice project, and I’m definitely on a different path than I originally set out to follow. As I’ve worked on goals in the past, I’ve learned that sometimes plans go their own way, and that often that way is exactly right! Earlier in the month, when [...]

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Tags: creativity · Practice Tips · Trombones

Fascinating Article on Creativity

July 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Here’s a great article from Scientific American Mind – How to Unleash Your Creativity. The article is an interview with three creativity experts: Psychologist John Houtz, Award-winning writer Julia Cameron, and Scholar/Writer Robert Epstein, who offer a wide array of insights on the challenges and processes of being creative. I enjoyed learning about the skill [...]

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Back to the Valley

July 15th, 2008 · No Comments

It’s been a busy couple of months here at Summerglen, with preparing for the WBON presentation, setting up trombone choirs, arranging pieces for the salsa band, and planning creative workshops and drum circles. And when I have several creative projects going on, I fall into a familiar pattern. I plug away at each project, little [...]

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Tags: creativity · Practice Tips · Trombones

Creativity Says Yes You Can

June 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Not many adults come to me for trombone lessons, and many promising ones quit, often before they play a single note. But kids come here and excel, and quickly! I’ve wondered what the difference is, why kids come in and show the trombone who’s boss, while adults (who may very well be the boss at [...]

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Gratitude!

June 8th, 2008 · No Comments

In times of trouble, I’ve found that expressing gratitude is one of the best ways to keep myself moving in the right direction. It’s the opposite of being jealous of others, and quickly staves off even the biggest case of the “poor me’s”. As a musician, it can be easy to whine. Especially when you’re [...]

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Tags: creativity · staying healthy