Chapter 4. The Discussion. The Powerpoint.
How We Learn Music • Balinese musicians would say they would not have to learn the music, “just know it.” • Music should start within the family setting. • How did music start in your home?
How do we learn in school? • Transmission: the means by which musical compositions, performing practices and knowledge are passed from musician to musician. • The four dimensions: The technical, the social, the cognitive, and the institutional.
How do we learn in school? (cont’d) • Western classical music training tends to focus on reading music, (instrumental) skills, repertoire, theory, performance, and interpretation. • “Music analysis is the discipline we learn above all from musicians.” • In western society, the ability to read and notate music in the western style is a highly regarded skill.
Spotlight: West African Percussion • The djembe, for instance, contains no formal description of what is right or wrong, but a master drummer has a completely clear idea of what is acceptable within the tradition and what is not. • Passing down traditions from master to student. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWGYr95Mt8k • www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQO_a6lvqeg
LUCY GREEN SAVES THE DAY! • “Performance, composition, and improvisation abilities are acquired, not only individually, but crucially as members of a group, through informal peer-directed learning, both conscious and unconscious.” • Okay, this may be obvious… • ….but what does this quote actually mean?
And now… the CP question • What will you use in your classroom? Immersion learning? Strict notation based learning? Only singing? Only playing instruments? Baking delicious foods in the middle of an Orff lesson?