Dr. Charles Limb has opened up new areas of research into the effects of music performance on the brain and its reverse, how the state of our brain influences our ability in the performance of music. His conclusions emphasize the importance of introducing improvisation more fully into the curriculum at our music schools. It also informs the work we at Flute Journal are undertaking in developing projects such as the Jazz Flute Big Band in education, which is the topic of a separate article.
At the National Flute Association convention in New York City in 2009, I presented his research to a group of flutists and flute teachers. I asked the group the following question: “How many have learned that you can teach technique and repertoire but there are still some students who have a certain je ne sais quoi that lifts them above other performers but that you do not know how to teach?” Every hand went up. Next: “I can give you a lengthy list of jazz musicians who have made high-quality classical recordings. Can you cite any classical artists who have made successful jazz recordings?” No hands went up.
Dr. Limb’s research suggests a reason for this. See the details by clicking here.
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