CPTP104: Forrest Kinney on the 4 Creative Arts

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Forrest Kinney and I have a lot in common. We both believe that modern classical music eduction is missing a step when it comes to teaching the creative arts.

Somewhere along the way improvising, composing and arranging got cut out of the equation – and we’re fighting to get them back into piano studios around the world.

Forrest Kinney

Piano teachers can feel dizzy with all the different creative projects they could or should be doing. The way Forrest frames these as the four creative arts gives a lot of clarity to creative piano teaching.

I’m delighted he was able to come on the podcast to explain his philosophy and approach to teaching these creative arts.


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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • Why Forrest is so passionate about this way of teaching
  • Who’s fault it is that performers stopped improvising
  • How performing classical music can be creative…but usually isn’t
  • What the four creative arts are and which comes first
  • How these creative arts line up with how we use language
  • What to do with students who are afraid to improvise
  • Why it’s important to be musically literate too
  • How improvising duets create a “fail proof” environment

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