Dennis Alexander didn’t train formally as a composer. He always wanted to teach, and that’s what he studied. He stumbled upon composing a little way into his teaching career, and boy are we glad he did!
Dennis’s own teacher embraced his improvisations and flare for creativity. Had he had a different teacher growing up, we might not have his fantastic pieces on our shelves today. It’s no wonder that he believes in nurturing his own students’ creativity.
It was inspiring to meet Dennis at NCKP 2015 and I’m delighted to have him on the podcast today. Take a listen to one of the foremost pedagogical composers. We’re talking about the importance of creativity, teaching composing and even getting an exclusive performance from the man himself.
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Do you have one piece or book of his that you turn to again and again? A piece that’s been a student saver for you?
What stood out to you about his approach to creativity and composing?