Re: Solo ea

Subject: Re: Solo ea
From: Kevin Austin (
Date: Fri Feb 18 2005 - 12:10:57 EST

In my experience it is possible to teach people how to write music,
in the same way that people learn to drive cars.

In the racing world (or any high end sport), there is a class of
individuals who 'excel' in ways that the ordinary person has little
access to. Racing car drivers who measure differences in performance
in hundredths of seconds. This level of reaction time cannot be
taught, but is assisted to achieve its potential.

In education, my goals have been towards the realization of
individual potentials (as much as possible) more than 'meeting the
standard'. The 'credentials' are given for meeting the standard,
which is why Eliot's degree is a doctorate and mine isn't.



At 16:23 -0800 2005/02/17, Eliot Handelman wrote:
>Exactly. This is what we call "talent" -- an intuition for music
>beyond anyone's capacity to teach it. That shows up the inadequacy
>of our current theories, which are not theories at all, since if we
>at all did understand what made music tick we'd be able to teach
>someone, eg, how to compose.

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