Someone who I think of as a curious artist is conductor Lawrence “Butch” Morris. In an interview, click here to watch, Morris discusses what he calls conduction where he communicates with the orchestra using improvised gestures rather than relying on sheet music. The resulting music becomes an exploration of each musician’s own unique musical style. This kind of risk taking where the result is unknown can be unfamiliar territory for some of the musicians. For example at 2:35 of the video Morris tells one musician to pick a note when she states that the music they are playing is not how it was written.
So what do you think, do schools encourage enough curiosity in their students?