Recipe for a Great EventHow to Bring Music for People to Your Home Town

Stephanie Alegre’s 1995 article from Connections describes how to produce a larger MfP event.

People from all over the US and Canada have invited Music for People into their communities and produced wonderful events. But for everyone who has enjoyed that experience, there are dozens who want to do so, but don’t ... Read More

Bringing Music Home

The Winter 1989 issue of Connections featured this article which contained several useful suggestions for getting started hosting your own music gatherings.

Core Group: Start with a core group of 2 or more people who have been to a workshop and understand the process and transformative value of music improvisation for self-expression. Core groups can sometimes be formed during an ... Read More
Improvising Techniques

These improvising techniques are excerpts from the MLP training booklet, Return to Child. To purchase a copy of the booklet, see the MfP Store page.


While warming up, give yourself permission to do anything that gets you physically warmed up and artistically engaged. Before starting, notice whether you’d prefer to start in a gentle way or in a physically ... Read More

Improvisation: Bridge to Our Inner Music

My husband is sitting at the piano, arms crossed, elbows to finger-ends pressing down the keys, forehead resting on his arms, dead tired after a long, stressful day. “That’s a great sound,” I say. “Do it again.” He does–several times. He gets interested. Sitting up, he experiments with elbow, palm, and forearm sounds in different places on the keyboard. I ... Read More

Many Happy Returns to Child

Music for People has touched many people’s lives and inspired many a dormant or misguided creative spirit. This innate part of each one of us yearns to have expression, to be freed, to be heard, to touch others. As many of you know, finding the means to give voice to your own unique being is one of life’s greatest ... Read More


“I never practice, I only play.”
— Wanda Landowska, musician, 1879-1959

Music Improvisation Articles – rev. Aug 15 2014

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