Playing music for the audience.

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We need to have practicing musicians visit schools all the time, to perform and to teach the kids a song or whatever the tradition that person is in. I think we have to have students writing music in whatever style they want. There is no way to teach a composer in the world how to compose. But there are plenty of wonderful ways to excite the creative logic that is part of the human brain. Music is about exploring the creative logic of the brain, and right now we aren’t doing that in our schools in general. We don’t value the creative logic. We need to have students just play more, building their own instruments, inventing their own notations — and not just in pockets of schools, but everywhere.

–Composer Libby Larsen

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