Note from the Editor: Like so many piano teachers, I have enjoyed introducing Dennis Alexander's music to students of a wide variety of levels, from elementary to advanced, children and adults. In this recent conversation, I learned more about his creative process.
A well-known and prolific composer, your compositions appeal to piano teachers and students alike. There is such a variety of level, mood, and style. I would like to know more about your creative process.
Q: Do you set aside a regular time of day to compose?
I would like to start by sharing a quote with you from Alfred North Whitehead, a turn of the century English mathematician, philosopher and educational reformer whose writings were foundational to Frances Clark’s approach to pedagogy:
"The mind is never passive; it is a perpetual activity, delicate,...