Create First! - Part 1

Learning Music the Pattern Play Way

An introductory Pattern Play series that introduces the materials of music (scales, intervals, and chords) in creative and musical ways.

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Forrest Kinney

Forrest Kinney is a pianist, composer, and educator who has written 37 books on music and creativity, including the Pattern Play and Create First books on improvising, the Chord Play and Puzzle Play books on arranging, and the new book Music-Creativity-Joy which explores a creativity-based model of music education.

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