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Ancient words of wisdom.   I grew up hearing and seeing many interesting proverbs in Nigeria where I was born and raised. Taxis and trucks often had sayings and slogans painted on their rear bumpers and trunks--one catchy line that has stuck in my memory is “better late than The Late .” [ The Late is used in front people I have taken that to heart  in front deceased people’s names  and been late on a few occasions, and hopefully it will be many more years before I am “The Late.” A proverb from Etsako, Nigeria, that I particularly like is “A dog that wags its tail learned to do so when he was young.” What could this mean for us in the field of music ...
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I am passionate about helping teachers and students engage in music composition.  The new National Core Arts Standards (2014) emphasize creativity, and leaders in the field of music education encourage composition because it allows students to express themselves in a personal way that is different from performing or listening to music. I believe composition is equally as important a musical activity as performance, improvisation, and analysis. The benefits of composing are many, including the development of musicianship skills, listening skills, an understanding of contemporary music and music theory, as well as simply providing training for the beginning ...
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