Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting/Does music theory make you more creative?

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Does using music theory make you more creative, or is it the structures it describes perhaps?

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james:

    MUSIC THEORY is the building blocks for ''constructing'' music compositions.. however, if creative music writing is your goal, then that  has its success in filling your ''bag of toys'' with as much experience and ideas and skills and gathering all the appealing creations from other performers and having them all in your OWN PERSONAL BAG of tools.. then learn how to put them to use in your own creative project..

    There are creative players that play in the ''theory and knowledge'' realm and other creative players play what they LIKE AND HEAR (IN their head) and actually don't ''KNOW'' WHAT theory information is going on ...

    There is not ''right or wrong'' answer , there is only you as the creator of the music you wish to portray... you are the painter of the musical picture, you are the carver of the musical sculpture your create, you are the conductor of the musical piece you play, so be as good as the music you wish to create...

      I was good at music theory and I do a little of each skill in my music playing and composing and arranging.... I find it a great HELP in being creative, but not solely rely on its use..

     A GREAT QUESTION,, KEEP ASKING AND KEEP ON GATHERING INFORMATION

CHUCK  

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I am a professional musician, I can play by ear, I arrange music write music, teach music in the public school system, and teach privately. My father was a school music teacher, and I have written three volumes for teaching beginning string players, taking them from scratch to high school level. I have performed in a local production of Music Man (musical) with celebrities John Davidson/Susan Watson and have my masters degree in education. I retired from the classroom in 2004 with 38 yrs. experience-now still substituting for music- and writing arr. for my cello trio(with two audio cd's and one dvd of a performance)http://cellosound.blogspot.com I have directed church choirs and am principal cellist in our local community orchestra. I really love to arrange music for the groups I perform in and sing and have music in my life every day. A day without music, is a mistake, like having a day without sunshine.

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Employment history: I have been employed by our local school district since 1967 as a music teacher from grades 1-12 Organizations: I play cello principal chair in the local community orchestra, and sing in a chorus,and perfom in a barbershop quartet

Education: My early life in high school and college was summer workshops in choral conducting with founder of Westminster Choir College (N.J.) Dr. John F.Williamson (in Who`s Who in Music) and summer workshops with Robert Shaw in San Diego Grad. of Sacramento STate Univ.and masters from Univ. of La VErne, ca

Awards: awarded the Bank of America award in my high school senior year for music

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