Someone with command of a language can talk, tell stories, read, and write. Likewise, a whole musician can improvise (speak spontaneously), arrange (restate traditional themes in a personal way), read and interpret the compositions of others, and compose (write musical essays).
Modern music pedagogy is focused on the art of interpreting, usually to the exclusion of the other three arts. To become fully expressive in music, we need all four arts.
In this presentation, Forrest Kinney will give an overview of the Four Arts of Music and how to learn them and teach them. He will demonstrate ways to include all the arts in the weekly piano lesson and use the various arts as vehicles for teaching technique and theory in musical, creative ways. If time allows, he will also touch on techniques of creative practicing.
Forrest Kinney, NCTM, (Nationally Certified Teacher of Music designated by the Music Teachers National Association), teacher of music for nearly four decades, has built a multifaceted career: pianist, performer, composer, arranger, instructor (individual and class instruction and workshops), and public speaker.
Forrest Kinney’s goal is to help others become creative, complete musicians capable of fully enjoying the Four Arts of Music: improvising, arranging, composing, and interpreting. He has conducted hundreds of workshops, master classes, and teaching demonstrations in addition to having presented concerts and lectures for music educators at major conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His speaking topics include The Four Arts, (his most frequent subject), performance anxiety, piano technique, songwriting, the history of music, and creative practicing.
Forrest authored nineteen books on music and creativity, and has written articles for such publications as American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion, and Music Matters. He composed hundreds of songs and piano pieces. In addition, his arrangements for the piano and a variety of instruments are included in 40 publications by Frederick Harris Music. Also an inventor, he was awarded a U.S. Patent for a new kind of computer key system.
For more details see https://forrestkinney.com/forrest-bio/