SEE www.MarekBennett.com for current info…
LAST UPDATE = c. 2011…
Current Musical Projects:
- Sings/strums/honks with NH-based band, BIG PAWS
- Makes up songs about things like forests, fish, oatmeal, high-tension powerlines, and sunshine.
- Teaches preschool song, dance, & movement
- Instrumental instruction (guitar, ukulele)
- M.Ed. (Curriculum & Instruction, K-8) ~ Keene State College ’04
- B.A. in Mathematics, B.A. in Music (Composition) ~ Brown University ’97
- Piano study (Suzuki method, classical & modern) ~ Robert Frailey (New London, NH)
- To engage friends & strangers alike in creative collaborative musical experiences
- To learn new combinations of sounds and rhythms, and…
- To preserve & practice old ones
- To make music that changes the way we think about the world!!!!
- To ABOLISH the artificial alienating dichotomies of “performer/audience” and “art/not-art” and “serious/silly” and ENCOURAGE the spontaneous creation of music by everyone, everywhere!
- To become a better accordion player!
Earliest (Musical) Memories:
- Grandpa Northup singing hymns & playing piano with two fingers of each hand
- Making up endless silly alternate lyrics for songs like “Jingle Bells” and “Old McDonald”
- Getting the words wrong to Christmas carols & not being all that concerned
- Studying Suzuki-style piano, playing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” endlessly, and later learning Bach & Mozart by ear
- Grandma Bennett putting her hand on the piano to “listen” to music (she was deaf)
- Trying to imitate that Muppet piano-player guy who smashes his head against the keyboard when he makes a mistake… and being told that was not the way to behave during a piano lesson
- Getting a “boom box” and listening to Sheena Easton & the “Beverly Hills Cop” soundtrack in the “way-back” of the Ford Fairmont on the way to the Boston Science Museum
- Getting teased on the playground for liking “classical music and all that junk”…. fervently denying the charges
- Hating having to practice every day (especially in the winter, because the piano was in an unheated room to protect it from the arid woodstove air)
- At a certain age, being told I could stop taking piano lessons if I really didn’t like it all that much… Thinking it over and deciding to keep going with it.
- 1987: discovered top-40 countdowns on the radio
- 1991: saw Oliver Stone’s “The Doors”, bought first keyboard in the middle of a hurricane while the Soviet Union crumbled on TV
- 1991: joined high school drama club musical band (piano & keyboards)
- 1992: got first (& only) electric guitar
- 1996: joined student old-time string band @ college (played penny whistle)
- 2005: started teaching history & Spanish through music & dance
- 2010: got that cute little red accordion
- It connects people across cultures & time & space!
- It combines equal parts mathematics, emotion, information, and abstract form!
- Humans cannot help but respond physically & emotionally!
- All human societies use it to make sense of their world!
- It brings life to any subject and setting!
- It transports us into other times, places, roles, and points of view!
- It invites participation & close attention!
- It helps us remember complex concepts and ideas in words, images, sequences, and movements!
- It’s good exercise!
- It’s challenging!
- It’s darn fun!
- penny whistle