UCSD Music Professor George Lewis hosts renowned percussionist Steven Schick in a discussion of creativity, musical and otherwise, and how such skills as improvisation can benefit students in all aspects of life.
Experimentation--playing instruments in alternate ways
Creativity--finding instruments in everyday life and hearing music in the world around us
Improvisation--using play as a way to discover new things about instruments, yourself, and the world
Accessibility--understanding that music is available to anyone
The percussion instrument and its importance in music
The relationship between performer and audience and how one inspires the other
The origin of percussion dating back to ancient Egypt
What it takes to be a percussionist including memorization, dexterity, and building muscle-memory through repetition
The international aspects of percussion
Do you like percussion? If so, what do you like about it?
What are the ways percussion can make you feel? What kinds of sounds can percussion make?
What are some percussion sounds that you find in nature?
Can anyone play percussion?
How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience? Has the reaction of the audience ever caused you to perform better or worse?
Using everyday objects, create your own instruments--don't be limited to percussion. Improvise using your new instruments. Get together in group to create a more complex piece that involves multiple instruments. How do these instruments work together?
Replicate the "Rain" performance demonstrated in the program or try to create a new setting with sound. For instance, try to recreate the sound of breakfast being prepared in the morning.
Read a piece of poetry and improvise a percussion piece based on it.
While one student improvises a percussion piece, other students perform an improvised dance based on the sounds.