Author on Chronic Creativity to Host After School Music Programs this Fall

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GRAFTON, WI For Immediate Release July 5, 2017 3:30 pm

In 2001, I published a book on Creativity Portal called,  “Chronic Creativity:  A Diagnostic Look at the Condition and How to Become Infected”  (It’s hard to believe that the book is still floating around on the Internet 16 years later and has since become a term in the Urban Dictionary.) 

Creativity has long been a favorite topic of mine.  In fact, I have conducted a few classes on creativity for adults which included my original curriculum and interactive lecture series.  In addition, I have been in the arts and industry for a good 18 years mainly as an educator and director.   So I am going to go ahead a call myself a well qualified CREATIVITY COACH and public speaker if that’s OK with you…… (this is where you email me to conduct some classes at your business…I promise they will be fun!) 

THE CONCEPT OF COLLABORATION

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Were you ever in a school production growing up?  What did you like the most about the experience?  Let me guess….. HOW FUN IT WAS working on a creative project with others. Right?  

Collaboration is one of the most thrilling aspects of the creative cycle for any type of artist.   In fact, I would venture to say that even a few of you business professionals enjoy those group “brain storming sessions” in the workplace.   One idea feeds into another idea and then another idea……. In my book, I call it “Idea-itis”.

The times in my life that I smile upon the most are those where I got to collaborate with other artists.

Because of the line of work I am in, I have seen and experienced the power of creative collaboration OVER and OVER again.   Seeing how the cast members interact during the final weeks of a show is priceless.  In all honesty, it’s almost euphoric.

There really aren’t words to express the power of thirty-some people or more coming together in unity with 110% passion to communicate a message to a viable audience.  Creative synergy is just downright fun!

I can’t tell you how many people I have “paired together creatively” over the years.  It’s what I do.  Networking WITH PURPOSE.  Not “coffee, name tags and one sole speaker”.  Naawww, that’s not networking.  I am talking, “let’s DO something creative….and let’s do it together!”   (Us musicians like to call it “jamming”).

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People who are gifted creatively can sometimes tend to be shy in social situations.  Just my observation.   Part of the mission of Ozaukee Talent is to bring people together around a common purpose such as a music-related event or class.  This can especially help those who are anxious in peer settings.

Right now,  I have a group of pre-teen girls that I am mentoring through a group singing class.  The girls are not only learning how to sing, but how to plan their own event as a group.  Their final collaborative project (or performance) will be on August 25th at 4:30 pm at 1111 Broad Street in Grafton.  These girls are gaining important life lessons such as working together as a team and being a leader among peers.  They are learning how to incorporate their ideas in a group setting.  They are learning from each other.  They are learning how to, both, compromise as well as stand up for what they believe in.

Real life skills.  

I am expanding that concept into other after school programs this fall.  Ozaukee Talent will be offering a group guitar class, drum class, piano class and contemporary music class for teens.  Youth will not only be learning music, but learning how to help and collaborate with their peers as well.  Class sizes will be small, safe and comfortable.  And they will have their own “creativity coach” on hand to facilitate learning and encourage innovative thinking.

I found out a long time ago that some youth are a lot more capable of coming up with original ideas and co-leading than we realize.  They just need to be given the opportunity.  That is why I love mentoring youth.  I have more than enough stories on how my students have “risen to the occasion” to choreograph and teach a song, help out with set design or be the emcee for a musical event.  And the esteem that they gain is priceless.  Because I have been teaching so long, I also have the privilege of seeing many of my former students now as adults.  Some have even interned with me this year. Again.  Many many MANY success stories!

I am also offering group classes because several private music students of mine have already learned how to play and write songs on their instrument.   So the next logical step for them would be to take those skills and combine them with the skills of another musician or singer.  In all honesty, that is how they will grow to the next level of musicianship.

The group classes also cost much less than a private lesson.    So I am looking forward to working with youth whose families might not be able to afford “one on one” musical tutoring.

Visit https://ozaukeetalentregistration.com for information about fall classes and to register online.

Pretty awesome, huh?  I think so!

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I would like to present to you a fabulous article that I read on NPR this morning,

“How to Raise Brilliant Children, According to Science”   by Anya Kamanetz

Guess what you will see in the article?  “Collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation and confidence.”

HELLLLLLLOOOO Ozaukee Talent!

Contact:  

Angie Mack Reilly, founder

1111 Broad Street

Grafton, WI 53024

angie@ozaukeetalent.com

(Will you please make a tax deductible donation of any size to Ozaukee Talent to help keep the momentum rolling?  Thank you!!!!)

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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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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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