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Musical dramas combine all of the arts – singing, orchestration, staging, scene design, dancing, lighting, painting, orchestration, poetry – to compel performers and audience members alike to reflect upon the significance of important life moments.
Songs, well-composed and well-performed, focus our attention on profound and subtle life experiences and what they may signify for us. It is in the creating of, the performing of and the listening to songs that we may come to an understanding of those experiences. The "deep dive" of song takes us back and into moments that human beings often commonly have. It is discovering that it is in those commonplace that we recognize and celebrate our connection with each other.
It through the act of teaching that we really learn. In order to convey a concept, history or invention to others who wish to learn, teachers must break topics down into progressive steps that gradually combine to teach learners what the teacher professes and excite students to learn more. It is during the exchanges that teachers learn from their students and students learn from their teachers.
Nothing serves the educational process better than one-on-one teaching. In second place are books.
The books I've authored about singing share what was garnered in dialogues with students and unveils something that can't be learned other than through the teaching/learning experience.
Books about what teachers have absorbed from their students shed light on one of the great hidden jewels of education.
University of Montana Chamber Chorale performs a choreographed version conducted by Dr. Gary Funk
Ruth– a full-length Screenplay based on a true story that primarily took place in the winter and spring months of 1945. Co-written with Sylvia Funk.
In Praise of Art – if there yet be any – a setting of Brian Willam Taylor poems. The songs are composed in homage to some of the great poets, painters, and composers of the past: Bach, Schumann, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Brahms, Dostoevsky....