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Doug Friesen: A Profile

Peter Blouw

Published: 2010-08-25

This article briefly summarizes the results of Toronto high school music teacher Doug Friesen's experimental improvisational workshops in the classroom setting. Overall, Friesen feels that musician Dave Clark's improvisational games help to balance the power dynamic between teacher and student, promote skills and tools that are highly valuable, and increase enrollment in his class.

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Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.