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John Cage: Ten Rules for Students & Teachers Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Writing Rules

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


John Cage was an avant-­garde composer whose work has left a lasting influence on contem­porary music. (Thom York of Radiohead calls Cage one of his all-time heroes.) Cage's work included such experi­men­tation as using a prepared piano (meaning objects are placed inside the piano to alter the sound) and a compos­ition called 433, in which the musicians make no sounds at all for four minutes and thirty­-three seconds.


Rule 1: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.

Rule 2: General duties of a studen­tpull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.

Rule 3: General duties of a teache­rpull everything out of your students.

Rule 4: Consider everything an experi­ment.

Rule 5: Be self-d­isc­ipl­ined:** this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be discip­lined is to follow in a good way. To be self-d­isc­iplined is to follow in a better way.

Rule 6: Nothing is a mistake. There's no win and no fail, there's only make.

Rule 7: The only **Rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It's the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.

Rule 8: Don't try to create and analyze at the same time. They're different processes.

Rule 9: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It's lighter than you think.

Rule 10: We're breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quanti­ties.
Always be around.
Come or go to everyt­hing.
Always go to classes.
Read anything you can get your hands on.
Look at movies carefully, often.
Save everything it might come in handy later.

John Cage Quote

“There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.” ― John Cage, Silence: Lectures and Writings

Score 4'33"

Source: https:­//m­use­sco­re.c­om­/us­er/­204­891­01/­sco­res­/40­90496
(prono­unced "Four minutes, thirty­-three second­s" is a three-­mov­ement compos­ition by American experi­mental composer John Cage. Composed for any instrument or combin­ation of instru­ments, he score instructs the perfor­mer(s) not to play their instru­ment(s) during the entire duration of the piece throughout the three movements.