I found this video on youtube tonight. I love what’s going on here. Some school children in Utrecht were taught a piece called Gestures. They were then lucky enough to get to work on it with 3 of the biggest stars of the Dutch music scene: Michiel Braam, Wolter Wierbos and Michael Vatcher.
I’d love to see more of this in American schools, but you’d probably lose your teaching license if you got caught doing this in any public school…That said, The Respect Sextet has done some clinics in this vein with great success. We have found that kids are very responsive to free improvisation. This picture is from Respect’s most recent clinic at Chestnut Hill Academy (outside of Philadelphia). Thanks to Ms. Satryan for inviting us; her students are very lucky to have her as a teacher. For any other teachers out there, Respect would be more than happy to enlighten the minds of your students anytime!