“Creative thinking is the kind of thinking that leads to new insights, novel approaches, fresh perspectives, whole new ways of understanding and conceiving of things. The products of creative thought include obvious things like music, poetry, dance, dramatic literature, inventions, and technical innovations. But there are some not so obvious examples as well, such as ways of putting a question that expand the horizons of possible solutions, or ways of conceiving of relationships that challenge presuppositions and lead one to see the world in imaginative and different ways.”  {Peter Facione, Santa Clara University}

I think we can all agree on how important creative people have been for mankind and how much more creativity we need in the world right now.
But, can it be learned? Can we all be creative? or have we lost it while growing older?

Pablo Picasso once said; “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”

He is right because regrettably creativity is not a subject on most schools. Creative or “different” kids are most of the time not accepted and definitely not supported in being more creative on most modern schools.
Sadly, for many of these creative students our automatic tendency is to view them by their limitations and not by their possibilities. Let’s try and change this asap!

Giving children and students the means to explore their creative possibilities instead of focussing on their limitations is the way education should be designed. It is the only way to let our society grow. We need new and fresh ideas, not copies of existing ones.

The first thing you probably think of when talking about creativity is art. Here’s what Tolstoy has to say about the meaning of art:

“To evoke in oneself a feeling one has once experienced, and having evoked it in oneself, then, by means of movements, lines, colors, sounds, or forms expressed in words, so to transmit that feeling that others may experience the same feeling–this is the activity of art. Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feeliings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings and also experience them. And if men lacked this other capacity of being infected by art, people might be almost more savage still, and, above all, more separated from, and more hostile to, one another.”

To be able to be creative and create art, is one of the most important qualities of mankind.
Think about it,the world really wouldn’t be the same without creative people and their great inventions. Picture a world without music!

Can creativity be learned?

Those that have read my book the “Corporate Music Method” know I talk a lot about getting “Circle Around”. This means getting your music (or any product) up to market standards, getting it up to what your client expects, what your fans expect, what your listeners or your buyers expect. This “Circle Around” aproach could also be discribed as craftsmanship, a mix of knowledge and inspiration, getting it up to 100%, becoming just as good as your competitors, just as good as your musical heroes.

But, these readers will now also know that true creativity lies in that extra step, that “One Step” further, One Step beyond or One Step different.
It’s about taking your ideas to a new area, a new world, giving it a uniqueness where you make a difference and find your own USP. It’s there where you distinguish yourself and your music from the rest. This is where creative people make a difference and teach the rest of the world how it’s done.