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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Roseanne Rosenthal, VanderCook College of Music The Creative Mind: Nurturing the Creative Musician


Children enrolling in kindergarten this year will graduate from college in 2030 and retire sometime around 2070. How do we prepare a future generation to prosper in a century so unlike the one most readers of this column experienced as children? One thing that is certain is that our future adults will need to exercise great creativity and imagination in order to build rich lives in a world irrevocably changed by globalization and technology. As T omas Friedman put it: “T e greatest economic com- petition going forward is going to be between you and your own imagination.”


Creativity and imagination are the hallmarks of the arts and as this year begins I have made a vow to keep these complementary attributes at the forefront of my mind. It takes an extra step–a little push to move from frozen fact, concept or procedure to fl uid thinking. T ose we teach deserve the opportunity to infuse their personal realities into their learning. T ey need to be pushed to transfer knowledge from one domain to another to create something that is their own. T ey need to be inventive to thrive.


Scholars in other domains are endorsing the value of creativity. For example, the relatively recent (2001) revision to Bloom’s original taxonomy of educational objectives, which has guided curriculum development in schools since its fi rst printing in 1956, now lists create as the most complex and highest level of cognitive knowledge. It falls at the end of a continuum that begins with remember and progresses through understand, apply, analyze, evaluate to end with create.


To foster and encourage creativity, IMEA is adding two new programs to its roster this year. T e fi rst (set to roll out in spring) is an online YouTube Festival in which middle school students may submit chamber music entries in either classical or contemporary styles. All students will receive helpful feedback and some will be selected to be featured on the state’s new website.


T e other new program is the Fund for Music Education. As a result of several decades of wise fi nan- cial stewardship, IMEA is in a position to allocate a modest amount of money to support innovation and creativity among our music teachers. T is spring, members will be able to apply for small grants to support projects they would like to implement in their schools during the upcoming school year. Projects that encourage imagination and creativity among the children of Illinois are our priority.


More information will be forthcoming on these new programs. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing everyone at the district festivals and beyond. As always, I welcome and encourage your thoughts and feedback.


Sincerely,


Roseanne Rosenthal IMEA President rrosenthal@vandercook.edu


T omas Friedman, in an interview with Daniel Pink. T e School Administrator, February, 2008. pp. 12-18.


Anderson, L.W., & Krathwohl, D.R. Eds. (2001). A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. New York: Longman.


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