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"CREATIVITY IS THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH AND BEAUTY WITHIN OURSELVES AND IN THE WORLD AROUND US"

-Alice Kanack

 
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WELCOME TO CATALYST MUSIC

 
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ABOUT CATALYST MUSIC

Hi, I'm Kathryn, and welcome to Catalyst Music (CM)!  CM is an interactive online learning experience that uses the Creative Ability and Development (CAD) method in viola and violin learning. 


I am both a CAD teacher and teacher-trainer.  As Loop-pedal violist, composer and improviser,  I use my experience as both a practitioner and educator of improvisation to help students and audiences alike engage in authentic creative experiences.

To Learn more about me and my creative practice, click here

 

ABOUT CREATIVE ABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT

Creative Ability and Development is a method where students use musical improvisation as a mean to develop the creative side of the brain. The main goal of CAD is to teach unique self expression or musicality.  When students engage in improvisation, their are three rules or intentions we abide by:

1. There is no such thing as a mistake

2. Applause and Silence

3. Never criticize a friend

 

RULE NUMBER ONE: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MISTAKE

"Creativity Is About Making Choices"

Our first, and perhaps our most important rule, helps students to free themselves into embracing their own creativity in choosing sounds.  Composing is making decisions with sound; improvisation is making those decisions in real time and executing them in the moment.


Allowing ourselves to freely make musical decisions without worrying if they are right or wrong leads us on a journey to crafting a musical language that resonates with who we are.

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RULE NUMBER TWO: SILENCE AND APPLAUSE

Practicing Respect and Communication

Silence: Someone once told me that growing in our craft as musicians is centred around the art of listening.  By actively listening to the music being created around us, we are growing in our musical understanding and aptitude.

Applause:  When we hear someone call out "Bravo!" or "Brava!" after a magnificent performance, it was not originally used to just celebrate virtuosity.


 When the word was first used in ancient Greece, it was used to recognize the bravery of a performer.  When we applause, it may not always take place in the literal sense, but through our expressions, minds and our hearts, we honour the musical experience we are taking part in.

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RULE NUMBER THREE: NEVER CRITICIZE A FRIEND

"Because there is no such thing as a mistake"

Judging a masterpiece before it is completed is a silly idea--improvisation is a life-long journey!

When we engage in improvisation we are taking part in a revolving feedback loop:

We make a decision and create a sound.  We hear the sound, make another decision, and the process continues...

To show respect for each other's creative journey and process, we refrain from judging someone else's musical choices.

This keeps the feedback loop clear, and fosters an encouraging supportive community for everyone to explore their creative voices.

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Making music is just painting with sound

I would love to help you develop your creative palette

 

LET'S CONNECT

Looking to grow your creativity through your musical practice? 
Send me a note below, I would love to hear from you!

 
 

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