4th Wall

4th Wall Music 


Adult Education

Amy Ley, Adult Educator and Artistic Director of 4th Wall Music

“When you have a multisensory experience that this is exactly what helps open the window to finding connection and relevance.” – Amy Ley, Artistic Director of 4th Wall Music.

Short Interview

Music is a symbolic language that expands people’s imagination, emotions, and thoughts. Amy speaks about the mysterious and unique pairing between taste and music and shares the example of linking spicy foods and spicy music. Spicy music could include a fast tempo, beat, and rhythm. According to Serafini (2014), “Perception is a dynamic process in which the brain automatically filters, discards, and selects information, and compares it to an individual’s stored record” (p. 31). Much in the same way, by presenting their audience with what is considered to be spicy music, 4th Wall musicians are bringing forth spicy foods into their audience’s minds, which is something with which they might be familiar.

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Liesel Deppe, Musician and Adult Educator, 4th Wall Music

Short Interview

Liesel describes her teaching philosophy when educating flute students. Her method involves beginning with meeting the students wherever they are individually in their learning journey. When meeting them where they are, she is able to deeply understand their strengths and weaknesses as music adult learners. From there, Liesel helps them to solve their problems by finding metaphors or analogies that can help them overcome their current musical challenge.

Liesel gives an example of trying to teach adult learners where the air comes from when playing music. She teaches this aspect of playing music by having the adult learners lie on the floor with instrument cases on their bellies to physically understand and feel where deep breathing comes from. Listen below to Liesel as she recounts some of her intriguing strategies to engage adult learning in music lessons.


Adult Learner, 4th Wall Music

Short Interview

This adult learner describes that her best form of learning is done when music is playing in the background. She truly believes that music can change the way you feel, the way you communicate your feelings and thoughts, and even the way you react to situations.

According to Scollon and Scollon (2014), “The sound waves of speech or music dissipate relatively much faster than the ink-formed letters of a hand-written note tacked to a message board” (p. 213). In this regard, music is a powerful method of communication that can be understood as an ephemeral expression of learning and knowing. Like oral storytelling, music must be appreciated in the moment, reminiscent of mindfulness that calls for drawing attention to events that happen in the present.


4th Wall Concert


Concert Excerpts

When Words Fail, Music Speaks

Under the Dense Canopy of Jasmine Entwined with Rose

Song Played-Under the Dense Canopy of Jasmine Entwined with Rose

Cadillac’s Letter describing historic Essex County

Teaching about the Flute

Teaching about the Viola

Flute and Viola Playing

Bird Destination Point Pelee and Hillman Marsh

A Story about Wind and Air

Carlyle Piece Played

Harp with Paper Wrapped through it

The Lorax tells the tale of Lake Erie

Description of Water Music

The Complexity of Water through Music