School Faculty Toolbox

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These are educational tools that we use when discussing the topic of creative exercise to students and faculty.

If you like them, use them.  We want everyone to get inspired:


Innovation is a Group Effort

                                                                        Information + Inspiration   Individual Thought =       Innovation
                                                                           Schools           TAO                       Student                Creativity
                                                                           Provide            Provides                  Provides             (the end result)

Formula for Innovation

School Education (provides the structure and overall vocabulary to each subject)


Students own their imaginable ideas (through self-expression & self discovery)


New Approaches & New Ideas Are Developed


The I’s have it

Innovation & Insight result from the combination of the following elements:

Inhibitions (releasing any apprehension to think freely)

Structure and Creativity Working Together

 Problem Solving is achieved by a structural vocabulary.  It’s creativity that adds empowerment.  Teaching the student to use their creativity: Dream, Develop, Display.  If you don’t pursue your own dream, someone will hire you to accomplish theirs!

Steps toward Empowerment (and Confidence Building)

Get Passionate toward your goal

Be inspired to imagine

Dream (Imagination is a form of Dreaming)

From there, the creativity seed is planted.

Make a plan to put that creative thought process into print

The more often creativity is exercised, the more empowered (and confident) an individual becomes

Tangibles vs. Intangibles

Tangibles include sciences, athletics, and other subjects where structure dominates.

Intangibles include all forms of art, persistence, discipline and determination where the focal point is on things that are not easily recognized.

Tangibles are much easier to measure success than intangibles.

However, it’s learning how to utilize those intangible qualities that we each have.

When the student recognizes their own abilities through creativity and imaginative thought, and apply them to structural techniques, that’s when they begin to blossom and see what they can become.  This is the impact that art and creative exercise can have on a child.

Being Fearless


Releasing Inhibitions

In order to create and achieve self-discovery, an individual needs to feel uninhibited.  There is healthy fear when someone is nervously excited toward performance.  Then there is unhealthy fear when it infiltrates a person’s confidence level toward performance:






Fear is the little darkrooms where negatives are developed.”

                                                                          ~ Michael Pritchard


Learning How to Learn

 Creativity comes in those quiet moments

You have to slow down to hear the proverbial music!
When you can get quiet enough for silence to appear, that’s when ideas come to you quicker!
~Make some time for quiet moments with your students~ 


*  Does social media improve our quality of life or does it create endless distractions from what is really important? 

“That’s why we should dedicate some time every day to quiet reflection.  The invasive thoughts of checking your e-mail or Facebook account prevent us from living in the present moment.  We wonder why our lives are so stressful when the answer is right in front of us.  Life is supposed to be enjoyed yet it is impossible to appreciate the beauty around us if technology consumes our attention.”    
(from Joe’s Musings, article Facebook and the Paradoz of Technology,

Achieving Self-Discovery

Similar to a dedicated athlete, self-discovery is accomplished by practicing by themselves and spending quiet time learning their abilities.  In this case, it is creative and artist practice.  Practicing creative exercise and allowing time for the mind to imagine, allows ideas and individual thoughts to flow from the structure that has already been ingested.

Silence in Music

Learning how identify and use the silence in the music played and listened to

The silence between the notes are called “rests”.  Make the rests count!

Understanding the silence prior to the song and after the song.   Leonard Bernstein used to explain that perfect moment of silence prior to beginning a piece of music; that it must be found, otherwise the entire piece of music will not sound or be performed the same.

Learning How to Learn

 Each student’s level of development is different and they need to understand their own acceleration of learning capability.  They will find this through their practice and discipline habits.  The more they practice, the more they see where they can achieve at a faster rate.


Methods of Practice for Performance

10,000 Hours 

                                                             What does it take to be extraordinary at performing something.  It takes 10,000 hours

That’s 416 days non-stop.


That’s 5 years if you practice for 40 hours a week.  (Only 5 years of that type of dedication)

Improving Brain Power

When it comes to creative thought, repetition helps our brains retain information.  Example: J.S. Bach’s music is extremely systematic.  It helps the brain retain information.

Understanding the Vocabulary of Each Artform

In Music: Scales & Rudiments (are the words)

Solos or sections (are the sentences & paragraphs)

The Song (is the printed book)