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Zappa on School 

Schools train people to be ignorant with style. As long as you are just smart enough to do a job, and just dumb enough to swallow what they feed you, you're going to be alright. Interestingly, I think this introduces something rather sophisticated. In order to learn how to do this, one would have to …

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Method to the Madness, Madness to the Method 

Tomorrow evening, (Wed, the 27th), I am thrilled to be doing a workshop with the Music & Music Ed Program at Teachers College. When  work with a new group of people, the beginning is always particularly interesting. "So, what are we about to do?" is a hard enough question, but presupposes that we have already …

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Against Practice 

I'm getting ready to give a workshop for the Music & Music Education program at Teachers College, and I've been thinking lately about the paradoxes of practicing, teaching, and performing. One of the things that strikes me as particularly challenging for musicians and music educators, is the question of repetition. What are we doing when …

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