Charles Hazlewood: Trusting the Ensemble

I can’t get this TEDTalk by Charles Hazlewood out of my head. It’s been months since @shaugland shared this link on Twitter.  Even if you are not a conductor, you should watch this. If you are a parent, a teacher, or a musician, you need to watch this and get into the conversation:

This brilliant presentation contains much food for thought.

TRUST is an important word. I would guess that many of us like being on the receiving end (ie. people trusting us). Boy, isn’t it hard to trust others? 🙂

This quote by an unknown author deeply resonates with Maestro Hazlewood:

Trust is the best medium for success. It creates an environment in which people feel free to be authentic, passionate, committed, and willing to share all they have to offer. ~author unknown

 

I reflected a lot, thinking about the simile (conducting is like a small bird in your hand) and the lessons learned through the South African Music project, the singing demonstration by the TED Choir (the F-E-D motive), the extraordinary story behind the Paraorchestra, and of Haydn‘s wordless, but apparent revolt in Farewell Symphony finale. The Maestro challenged me as a musician and teacher to assess myself as an artistic leader.

What am I doing to create a safe and passionate space for my students? What needs to change?

Musicians and music teachers, think of your ensembles. What is your story? What is your experience building trust with your group? How do you inspire the young musicians to feel free to be themselves, but give all to their ensemble?

And do you agree with this statement?

Where there is trust, there is music, and by extension, life. Where there is no trust, music simply withers away….

 

Why or why not?

~ Yoon (will post a post regarding my experience with my choirs)

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2 thoughts on “Charles Hazlewood: Trusting the Ensemble

  1. Seems to me this has application to most any classroom where we are working together. Hmm. I love the “trust is” quote and my gut reaction is there is much truth there. Thanks for giving me something to think about today.

    1. Hi Philip,
      Yes, the issue of trust is applicable everywhere. Those of us who are in the teaching profession, trust is an essential part of building up relationships. As a music teacher, I was particularly struck by Mr. Hazlewood’s learning journey in music making: the “give and take” lessons, the power of music, changing world perceptions and giving pleasure and identifying disabled people’s strengths by none other than music…they are all so powerful.

      Thanks for thinking with me!
      Yoon

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