Linky Dinks: Is Creativity Routine or Ritual?

I have never actually considered myself to be a creative person, if you can believe it.  I am a teacher, and that involves a lot of creativity, but as a performer, well, I am a performer.  I don’t go around writing piano solos – I merely play other people’s creative works.

But in college, my piano teacher disagreed with me.  It’s one kind of creativity to create an original piece of music, but there is a different kind of creativity required to interpret someone else’s original piece of music, practice it and perfect, and then perform it and make it your own.  My college piano teacher is a highly intelligent woman, and so I won’t disagree with her, and I guess I am a creative person after all.

And after reading this article from the Creativity Post, I do feel a bit more like I fall into the “creative” category.  There is absolutely a routine (or a ritual) involved in preparing oneself to perform.

I don’t think I have ever fallen onto the ‘ritual’ side of the argument – for myself, practicing piano is a routine, but what is the difference between a routine and a ritual anyway?  If I wake up every morning, go to the bathroom, take care of my dog, fix myself a cup of tea and play the piano for an hour, isn’t that a ritual?  Or is it just a routine?

And routines and rituals aren’t just for us creative types, either.  Everyone has a “zone” that they can get to when they work.  You know, being “in the zone,” and getting a ton of work done, whether it’s writing, painting, accounting, or sales.  Do you get there out of routine or with a ritual?  Do you have to create a space for yourself?  Or can it happen anywhere, at any time?

Linky Dinks: Be Crazy Good, not Crazy Weird

Check this video from A Box of Crayons and Positively Positive.

 

I think this is a really interesting technique that could be adapted to a number of situations and ideas.  One example: What is the most cost effective way to accomplish something vs. the most extravagant way?  What is the quickest way to do something vs. the longest most drawn out way?  The possibilities and applications are endless.

Linky Dinks: Learning from Kids

If I have learned anything – ANYTHING – from being a teacher, probably one of the most important lessons I have learned is that my kids will teach me just as much as I will teach them (if I pay attention and let them, of course).

And as this cute gallery from Mashable will show, one of the most important things that make kids awesome is their ability to dream without limits, and play wholeheartedly.  And, of course, that naps are way, way important.

New Direction

I’ve been neglecting this blog for quite some time, and for that I apologize, but I’m back (with a vengeance)! I’ve been taking some time to research some new things and develop some new things and I’m ready to share it all with you, whether you are ready or not!

Who is the new direction of this blog and this website for? Lots of people. Private music instructors, private music students, parents of private music students. Continuing students who may be studying on their own, like teens and adults. Any teacher or caretaker of children who may want to inject a little more music into their routine. Anyone who has decided that they just don’t feel like growing up, anyone who understands a healthy dose of fun and play can be just as important as research and development, quality control, or good old fashioned elbow grease.

Ill be sharing tips on teaching, learning and practicing, and how parents can help, too. Ill be sharing tips on productivity and creativity. Ill also be sharing fun and/or beautiful things that I find inspirational. And on a more or less completely unrelated note, I will be sharing tidbits on what it’s like to accompany ballet classes on piano. As I’ve previously stated here in this blog, it can be quite stressful and also very awesome, and there is also a bit of a black hole on the Internet when it comes to dance accompanying; I would like to change that.

So stay tuned for music, creativity and missAdventures! It’s going to be a wild ride!