|"One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time."
Andre Gide"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery."
Francis Bacon"Each thing you hear determines the direction that you go. You just follow the music, and if you follow the music, you can go anywhere."
Steve Lacy"I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues."
Duke Ellington"We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way."
John Holt, Educator"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy...that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost."
Martha Graham"I've always felt that singing a song without words makes one song a thousand songs because the people who hear it can bring their own stories to it."
|"Learning is movement from moment to moment...
Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased."
John Krishnamurti"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you donÍt live it, it wonÍt come out your horn."
Charlie Parker"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
Albert Einstein"Do not fear mistakes, there are nnone."
Miles Davis"The need to be a great artist makes it hard to be an artist. The need to produce a great work of art makes it hard to produce any art at all."
Julia Cameron (?)"You must never play the flute as if it were only a flute"
Jean-Pierre Rampal"...one of the most direct ways of praying and meditating is through singing, and singing in community is exceptionally powerful. You get people together in a room and get them singing, and you instantly knock down all the walls, the creeds, the gender, age and race differences, everything. YouÍre all one at that point, lifting your voices."
FAN MAIL ...words from students about Toast & Jam Vocal Improv WorkshopsDear New Jammers: If you'd like to add your comments to this section of the Website, please let me know. Thanks, Susanne
|"The relaxed acceptance of the other people
in the workshop gave me courage to try this for the first time in my life.
I found a whole new dimension of creativity I didnÕt know I had
in me. It is very good for ear training and spontaneous creativity."
J.M., 65, Retired Teacher"Toast & Jam is the most exciting thing I've ever done musically. It taught me how to create my own music and rekindled in me a love for singing."
M.P., 23, Dance Instructor"Susanne is intuitive, clear, a wonderful teacher and a very funny person. This workshop gave me more confidence and reminded me of why I love to sing."
C.M., 36, Software Engineer
|"After a Toast & Jam workshop I feel I can
do anything. Singing in such a supportive environment, something magical
happens; my creative confidence and perspective was renewed."
J.B., 43, Teacher"I've been looking for something like this for years! Everything we did gave me more ideas and more ways of thinking about music. I would love to do this again."
S.O., 45, Admin. Assistant"Toast & Jam has helped me grow both as a solo artist and in my singing group. Susanne is incredibly talented and great to work with."
A.E., 20, Music Student