Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Aesthetic Realism and the Art of the Flute!

I am very happy to post the following article by my esteemed colleague, Barbara Allen.  It appeared in a recent issue of the Hellenic Journal of Music, Education and Culture with the title, "Aesthetic Realism and the Art of the Flute: An Interview with Barbara Allen in Conversation with Edward Green, PhD."  I present the abstract from the journal, describing this important article:

"In this interview, noted American flutist and music educator Barbara Allen speaks about music, education, and life, and shows how the three explain each other.  The interview centers on her use of the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method, which was originally developed by Eli Siegel, the great poet and philosopher.  Barbara Allen studied with him.  A core idea of Aesthetic Realism is this:  "The world, art, and self explain each other:  each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites."  How success in music, and specifically in the performance of the flute, depends on opposites being made one, is what emerges through conversation between Ms. Allen and Dr. Edward Green of Manhattan School of Music.  In the process, readers will see the relevance of Aesthetic Realism to education in general, and to the cultural understanding of how art and life reflect each other."  To read the article in its entirety, click on the pdf at the following link: