Synthesizing Creativity and Audiation with Instrumental Technique

May 1, 2019 / By: David Davis

An instrumental music curriculum that is only designed to teach students instrumental technique and music notation reading would not produce literate musicians.  To achieve well-rounded and literate instrumental musicians who can speak, read, write, and think musically, new curricula is needed that synthesizes audiation and creativity with traditional performance standards.  Because instrumental music education is often situated within the system of public schools, a curriculum should not be structured as a pre-professional ensemble serving a small and decreasing number of students. Rather, it should serve a large and diverse community of students by including multicultural music and non-traditional instrumentation, encouraging collaboration and expression through composition and improvisation, and the sharing of ideas through qualitative musical discourse.  A new curriculum does not need to discard everything within standard instrumental music programs, but should make efforts to shift away from product to instead focus on process.  This curriculum is one example attempting to show this is possible.