2008 New Edition!
For more than twenty years, Music for People has been teaching Music Educators, Music Therapists, and Musicians of all styles about the joys of making personal improvised music. The collected wisdom of David Darling, Bonnie Insull, Mary Knysh and other experienced group leaders has been compiled by Jim Oshinsky and edited into a new expanded edition of Return to Child for 2008.
"Return to Child is one of the most important books on music anyone can own." - Dr. Eric Edberg, DePauw University
"Every musician and teacher will savor the power and ease of music making with Return to Child." - Don Campbell, author of The Mozart Effect
Part One - Musicianship Skills
The first section of Return to Child brings the reader into the world of
Music for People improvisation workshops,
illustrating the techniques and games that have proven
effective for making free and powerful solos,
and for being a sensitive and supportive partner in ensembles.
"Return to Child is full of activities that are clear, concise, and easy to conceptualize." - Julie Lyonn Lieberman, author of Planet Musician
For more information about Music for People, visit the Music for People Web Site.
The second section of the book is about leading
groups from a humanistic, inclusive point of view.
Music is the birthright of everyone,
and all combinations of experienced and inexperienced players can
make music together.
Return to Child tells how.
It provides a glossary of group leading terms,
with illustrations from common experiences that leaders encounter.
It includes suggestions for leaders to follow on their paths
and an interview with Music for People's Artistic Director,
that presents his philosophy of teaching.
"Return to Child is packed with a lifetime of personal learning, growth, and leadership skills." - Arthur Hull, author of Drum Circle Spirit
"Return to Child contains a wonderful set of recipes for musical teamwork, and for finding the right balance between structure and spontaneity in free improvisation. Bravo!" - Stephen Nachmanovitch, author of Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art
Part Two - Leadership Skills
Part Three - Appendices
The final section of the book gives examples of how people
are using Music for People techniques to transform how music
is taught in our schools and presented in our communities.
"Return to Child shows how to practice improvisation individually and collectively, how to teach such practice, and how to encourage it to flourish in the world." - W.A. Mathieu, author of The Listening Book and Harmonic Experience
"Music for People is a community of players with a vision of holistic music education. Return to Child takes this vision of Music for Everyone into the world." - Dr. David Rudge, SUNY Fredonia
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