The Art of Musical Improvisation

Home Stager with Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island #888

This past week was a ton of fun! I had the pleasure of driving down south to North Carolina to visit with family and conduct a couple of Feng Shui Consultations for clients in Washington, D.C. along the way.

However, the main reason for heading south was to attend my first-ever, AOL (Art of Improvisation) event, hosted by Music for People. Essentially, this weeklong event was a deep dive into musical improvisation. There were about 70 attendees from all around the country, varying in background with musical experience. Some were teachers and drum circle facilitators, others were professional musicians, and aspiring musicians. 

Each day and evening, as a collective we were introduced to a variety of improvisation music-making techniques, theories, and endless opportunities to play, dance, express, and create solo and as a collaborative group!

One of the biggest intentions of Music For People is to help participants transform their misdirected perspective of, "I can't play" or "it's too late for me to learn", to, I can play and this was so much fun! In the words of David Darling (the founder and inspiration behind the Music for People organization), "There are no wrong notes." The act of musical engagement can be so empowering and freeing. 

I'm working on uploading a video from the event so you can hear a sampling from one of the Music for Poeple-inspired jam sessions. 



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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 


Comments (11)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Laura Cerrano obviously David Darling has never heard me sing if he believes "there are no wrong notes" ....... LOL

Aug 02, 2023 03:59 PM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

The arts feed our souls... what would we do without them!  Very nice post!  Kathy

Aug 02, 2023 04:41 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Laura,

I love this..what a great week you have had with your  adventures! I was going to sat the same thing that George Souto said! LOL!

Aug 02, 2023 05:32 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Laura Cerrano  I am with my friend George Souto  would you believe it I was in third grade and the music teacher was trying out all the kids how if they could sing.... when she heard me said to me I am sorry but may I say you should not sing:)) now with that said a hundred years later I still do not sing not even in the shower:)))))))))Endre

Aug 02, 2023 11:03 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Laura - if there is a musical equivalent of two left feet, I certainly qualify.  

Aug 03, 2023 03:10 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful! I remember you speaking about a drum event somewhere in NYC - this must have been a lot of fun.

Aug 03, 2023 05:09 AM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent post.Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week

Aug 03, 2023 05:55 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Laura Cerrano  just stopped in and looking for your next post, Endre

Aug 19, 2023 09:28 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Laura, just listened yesterday the amazing improvisations of a few virtuosi performing a piece that I have been practicing, and trying to learn to perform myself. The improvisations of the different performers added so much character and interest. I loved listening to them.

Sep 03, 2023 05:55 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this experience with us.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Sep 11, 2023 01:16 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

This sounds like a lot of fun Laura Cerrano and like something I would have fun participating in.

Sep 21, 2023 12:39 PM