Ensemble Playing and Arranging Music: How Do We Decide What to Play?

Music is a fluid art. There are many opportunities by which we, as musicians, have the pleasure to play music in a variety of settings. We are interpreters, performers, educators, collaborators, and advocates.

From time to time, I come across musical groups that provide a very unique and special approach to their art. While staying in Toronto, Ontario recently, I literally stumbled across an amazing musical group named The Sidewalk Crusaders. It was a beautiful summer day, the sun was shining. Many people were milling about, cars were driving, and these musicians were playing wonderful music.

This made me ask some personal questions: How do we decide, as musicians, what styles of music to play? How do we decide what pieces to play? How do we decide what musicians to play along with? In future blog posts, I will be touching on these items in more detail.

For the time being, please sit back and enjoy these very interesting and engaging performances of great music made by very talented musicians. Personally, I can say that the musicianship and inspiration brought forward by these musicians of The Sidewalk Crusaders has inspired my own personal desire to make music interesting and enjoyable to anyone that cares to listen. This is what makes music such an interesting art to participate in and experience.


About mymuco1

Ian Green wears hats in many areas of the music industry including: co-founder of a technology start-up company that designs music education tools for mobile devices and the internet; music educator; music festival adjudicator; professional classical and jazz pianist; member in good standing of Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association; member of provincial council of Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association; member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association (C.M.F.A.A.) Thanks!
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