The 9th Annual Creative Edge Lecture
Eleven Years Of Piano and I Can't Get a Date:
Cultivating Creativity In Human Expression

Dr. Robert Duke
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
10 A.M.
Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive in Irvine

Each Spring, Arts Orange County presents the Creative Edge Lecture to bring together the business, arts, and education communities to learn about and discuss the value of creativity in all endeavors.

Our 2018 Lecturer was Dr. Robert Duke!

Bob Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is University and University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor, Director of the Center for Music Learning, and Clinical Professor in the Dell Medical School. For the past six years, he directed the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Dr. Duke's research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, and his most recent work explores the refinement of procedural memories and the analysis of gaze in teacher-learner interactions. A former studio musician and public school music teacher, he has worked closely with children at-risk, both in the public schools and through the juvenile justice system. He is the author of Scribe 4 behavior analysis software, and his most recent books are Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction, The Habits of Musicianship, which he co-authored with Jim Byo of Louisiana State University, and Brain Briefs, which he co-authored with Art Markman, his co-host on the public radio program and podcast Two Guys on Your Head, produced by KUT Radio in Austin.

Music is a fundamental form of human communication. Although many of us make music for pleasure alone in the privacy of our own homes, music experiences most often involve performers and listeners. Intelligent performers consider their musical intentions in terms of how listeners will hear and interpret the music they make, and thinking about music in this way defines expressive goals for performers at all levels of experience and expertise. The parts of our brains that create and store memories for how to do things make predictions based on our expectations and intentions and then update memories based on discrepancies between those predictions and what actually comes about when we practice and perform. We'll discuss how the fundamental principles of procedural memory formation serve as the basis of productive, meaningful, and engaging music practice that leads to the accomplishment of expressive, artistic goals.

Our 2017 Lecturer was Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera!

Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States and is the first Latino to hold the position. He was appointed by the Library of Congress in 2015 for the one-year term, then was re-appointed in April 2016 for an additional one-year term. From 2012-2014, Herrera served as California State Poet Laureate. Herrera's many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007. He is also the author of Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse, which received the Americas Award. His books of prose for children include: SkateFate, Calling The Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award; Upside Down Boy, which was adapted into a musical for young audiences in New York City; and Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.

Josh Schlachter, winner of the Between the Lines - OCDE Poetry Competition recited the poem he wrote as the "warm-up" to Juan Felipe Herrera's talk. He is a student at Orange County School of the Arts.

An audience of several hundred attended, including arts leaders, arts educators, students and business people.

Juan Felipe Herrera signed books for more than 100 well-wishers after the lecture.

When Juan Felipe Herrera signs books, he does so with a flourish!

Juan Felipe Herrera and Josh Schlachter

Juan Felipe Herrera poses with the event sponsors (left to right): Terry Dwyer, President, Segerstrom Center for the Arts; Holly Lyons; Richard Stein, President & CEO, Arts Orange County; Mary Lyons; Socorro and Ernesto Vasquez; William Cusato, Director - Service Engineering & Operations Center, Commercial Aviation Services, The Boeing Company.


Past Creative Edge Lectures

Eleven Years Of Piano and I Can't Get a Date: Cultivating Creativity In Human Expression

Dr. Robert Duke


"The 21st Poet Laureate of the United States"

Juan Felipe Herrera


"Your Brain on Improv"

Dr. Charles Limb


"The Rise: Creativity, The Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery"

Sarah Lewis


"Redesigning Leadership"

John Maeda


"The Art of Innovation"

Tom Kelley


"Learning and Working in the Collaborative Age"

Randy Nelson


"Launch A Creative Revolution"

Sir Ken Robinson


"Innovation, Education, & the Changing World of Work"

Daniel Pink