Angie Mack Reilly

Experimentation and the Creative Process by Angie Mack Reilly

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by Angie Mack Reilly (c) 12/28/16

I never realized how much experimenting I do on any given day until just recently.  For example, I experiment with my hairstyles, the food I create, the marketing strategies I use, the songs I compose, the poems I write, the processes for running my business, the teaching tools for keeping my private music students engaged and my gardening techniques to name a few.

Experimentation is a term that is common in the field of science.  Sometimes I wonder if I should have gone into science.   I remember loving to make “concoctions”, or mixtures of various elements, for my little brother to drink when we were younger.  I would put things like grape jelly, Worscestershire Sauce, pure lemon juice and honey in a Dixie Cup and have him do a “taste test”.   My current family is used to seeing my “experiments” around the house.

“My Kombucha Experiment”

Kombucha Recipe

Homemade Kombucha

How about you?  Are you:

A) The type of person who follows a recipe

B)  The type of person who never uses recipes (or if they do, alter it)

Experimentation is a bit risky for some personality types because experimentation of any sort comes with a risk for failure.  Yet history has taught us that those who often fail the most reach success.   This is particularly true of the inventors.  My heroes include people like Thomas Edison, Leonardo de Vinci, Madame Walker, Benjamin Franklin and Einstein.

FAMOUS INVENTORS

But sound IS science.  And the creative process is science.

That is precisely why I decided to call my music studio an “INTERACTIVE MUSIC LAB”.

Did you know that Thomas Edison was part of the recording experiment that occurred in Grafton, WI  between the years of 1929 and 1932?  Some of the most valuable recordings known to the world were created in Grafton as part of an experiment in a “make-shift” studio covered in burlap with musicians and singers playing into a giant cone-shaped apparatus.  True!

Paramount Records Recording Studio

Recording Studio in Grafton, WI as Rendered by Don Henning and Taken From http://paramountshome.org

I believe that we are entering into a new wave of innovation.  With digital information readily available for the first time in our generation,  people are gaining more knowledge as a whole.  It would be wise for us to use this knowledge to challenge old systems, methods and products.  We need to come up with theories and then test those theories with experimentation.

My kids are grown.  So I am not aware of what is taught in public schools these days.  But I do know that as a music teacher, producer and director, I am very fortunate.  I have a lot of flexibility that other teachers with large classrooms, bureaucratic red tape and political policies don’t have.  My students and I have the privilege of being able to conduct “experiments” in the interactive music lab.

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“It has long been my experience to see that children are capable of so much more than we realize musically. In fact, I see this quite a bit. School music class isn’t enough for some of these gifted and talented children. Right now, I have a 4th grade student who is composing her own music. I have a middle school student who is working with me to create his own video game music, a nine year old vocalist who can nail the artist #SIA . What I do as a talent coach is to find those “hidden gems of talent” inside of each and every child and then give them the musical tools to succeed and to reach for their dreams.”  –Angie Mack Reilly, musician, educator and author

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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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Why a Music Lab?

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By Angie Mack Reilly

Composers invent.

I am  a composer.

I am an entrepreneur and a visionary.

I am a producer and director.

I believe that NOW is a prime time for innovation.  People are losing faith in the systems that they have trusted in for decades.  We are discovering each day that the food industry might not have our best interests in mind.  We are realizing that the pharmaceutical  industry profits when we are ill.  We are seeing that the political industry is  interested in being a circus of entertainment.  We realize that the media has its own biases.  We cannot even trust the news.  Big profiting CEO’s make us skeptical about the usefulness of capitalism.   We  question whether our education system is maximizing its potential to shape young minds.

Dissatisfaction leads to the need for change.

Change comes through innovation.

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As a long-time private music instructor, I have adapted my teaching style to be a Student-led and Montessori-style approach combined with “outside of the box” methods.

In short, I believe that we need to facilitate environments that encourage independent thought.  We need learning environments that are exploratory and without time constraints.  We need classrooms of exploration and experimentation.  We need to encourage young minds to come up with their own hypothesis and to test that hypothesis.  We need a learning environment that is multidisciplinary and stimulating as well as comfortable to work in.

When given the right opportunity, our youth are a lot smarter than we give them credit for.  I have witnessed, first-hand for about 18 years, that many children are far more advanced musically than we realize.  I believe in tailoring my teaching style to each individual.  People learn differently.  People learn at different speeds.

I have a 6 year old student that I am teaching college level music theory to right now.  Why?  Because, believe it or not, that is where her knowledge base is at.  A former student of mine recorded her own original album at age 14.

I have so many testimonies like this.  This is because there is musical talent out there that isn’t receiving enough learning in a traditional music classroom.  There is so much more potential for creative innovation in our youth than we realize.

Hence, the Ozaukee Talent Music Lab.  A place for exploration, experimentation and innovation.  A place for creation and composition.

I am currently looking for businesses willing to back this type of venture.  I am looking for parents who have resonating thoughts about teaching our youth to be innovative.  Finally, I am looking for creative minds with ideas looking for collaboration.

Let’s talk.  angie@ozaukeetalent.com

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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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