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"Music is an aural tradition. I encourage my students to listen carefully and develop their own reactions to, and ideas about, the music we listen to."
"It's important to study music from the past because it guides and inspires. When I share a great piece of music with my students, it often strikes them in a very profound way, even though they can't always articulate it right away. There's something about it that they feel from the heart, but it is also connected to the mind. When I watch students as they listen, it's almost like opening a new chapter of a book."
"By gaining a solid grounding in the fundamentals of music, you gain a springboard to articulate your creative ideas, because composing is about experimentation and having fun with the material. I've encouraged many students to get the courage to tap into their own creativity."
"I believe that the inner ear is just as much an instrument as the external ear. In a way, it's the stronger instrument, since the inner ear is connected with your intuition. And composing music is about being open to your own intuition. It's when you don't think 'complicated' that the purest ideas come through. When a student gets to that point, and comes up with something fresh and original, it's very exciting to see. It's very creative and very beautiful, and that makes it all worthwhile to me."