WHAT IS THE CREATIVE MUSICIAN METHOD?
The Creative Musician practice method is a tool for musicians to use when practicing musical expression. The method is intended for any musician who strives to be most expressive in performance and is drawn from concepts in visual art, theatre, and dance. Included are nine ways for a musician to practice and the method book is divided into three categories: Visual Art, Theatre, Dance. Each art form category includes three ways to practice relating the art form to music. The concepts used require no prior experience in visual art, theatre, or dance.
The Creative Musician practice method includes two components: 1. Method Book 2. Tool Kit. The method book includes a series of instructions for a musician to use in order to practice musical expression. The tool kit is a starter kit of materials for musicians to use when using the method and includes: swatches of fabric, swatches of color, colored pencils, pencil, bundle of trace paper, bundle of blank white paper, list of emotions.
BACKGROUND AND TESTING
The Creative Musician practice method is a result of over a decade of experiences collaborating, teaching, and exploring the fine arts. As a young musician I was perpetually curious about the relationship between forms of art and music. After I began to interact with artists outside my musical medium I became inspired to explore the arts in my musical practice more regularly. Whether I observed artists in practice or performance or whether I collaborated with artists I found that my practice experience and creative and expressive mind were positively effected. Fueled by my desire to be most expressive in my playing and fueled by my curiosity of the effect art forms have on my music I wondered if other musicians may also benefit from these artistic experiences. Therefore, during my doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison I formally developed the Creative Musician practice method and studied the effectiveness of the method as part of my doctoral research project.
The result of my research project showed that 100% of musicians experienced an increase in their ability to be musically expressive after using the method, regardless if they were most or least interested in the art form with which they experimented. Musicians also indicated noticeable increases in their ability to be imaginative when playing and expressed that they had improved levels of engagement and focus when playing after using the method.