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On the Art of Singing$
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Richard Miller

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.001.0001

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The Practicality of Creativity

The Practicality of Creativity

69 The Practicality of Creativity
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the practical aspects of being creative in music. The amount of information essential to the pursuit of most professions can now be scarcely crowded into the few preparatory years available or affordable. While academic test scores offer some measure of a student's ability to assume responsibility in the adult world, the individual cannot live a full and rewarding life if the wells of creativity remain untapped. There is an urgent need for teaching the science of creativity. The performing arts are the very substance of education. What one knows is far less important than how one knows to put that information to creative use. Practical creativity can best be fostered by disciplines that may, at first blush, appear impractical in a world in which practicality demands the dominant role. The discipline of music is remarkable in its ability to release “powers” that lie dormant. Music-making deserves high priority as a means to awakening the complete person.

Keywords:   music, creativity, performing arts, education, music-making

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