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A Lesson In from Way Out

Updated: Jun 20, 2020

Today's blog brought to you by the letter "O"

Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come was a seminal recording in the avant garde movement also known as "out" music. Although the recording flashed historical glimpses of bebop’s Charlie Parker, the music wasn’t dependent upon the past but rather looked toward the future. The music pushed boundaries, challenged the status quo and created its own vocabulary. These were the qualities of a music revolution and they also happen to be the qualities of a six year old. So what's the lesson here? Listen to what children have to say and then let them play.


Markus Hunt is an educator, writer, speaker, and musician living in Aurora, Colorado.

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