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No Parroting Allowed!

Learning Emergence by Asking Questions

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"Appreciating Music"

Questions for the Week of September 25, 2006

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When asked, "how do you best learn?" most people usually respond with either a technique, like, "in a classroom," or by naming their favorite sense, like, "I learn best visually." Unfortunately, this implies most people define "learning" as the ability to parrot the correct answer.

What is wrong with this? We believe that "parroting the correct answer" creates parrots, not students; dullards, not Einsteins. So how can we create more Einsteins? By asking questions which are intended to provoke the student's own questions. More important, we see this as the best way with which to reawaken in students the love of learning.

This week's topic is, "Appreciating Music." Would you like to actually learn more about this topic? You can, simply by reading the teacher's questions and then, by asking yourself, "what questions did these words just provoke in me?"

"Appreciating Music"

Teacher's Questions (asked by Gary)

  • Can music put you into shock? Can music take you out of shock? Can music create access to blocked visual scenes? Does the inundation of music and other aural stimuli in our daily lives disconnect us from the essential value and meaning of music? Does the intellectual study of music enhance or inhibit our natural affinity for appreciating music?
  • How does conscious listening to music connect us to the composer? The performer? The world around us? Our ancestors? Spirit?
  • How does listening to recorded music affect us differently from live music? How does music affect us differently when we listen with our eyes closed rather than open?
  • What defines music, and how can we expand that definition? Is there anything more beautiful in this world than the sound of a ten year old boy singing songs from the Broadway show "Wicked"?

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Possible Student Response Questions (asked by Colleen)

Dear Gary, Thanks for your questions. Here are some more questions for you. Love, Colleen

[1] I've met several musicians who are very sensitive to sounds and can't bear to have faint background noises or even background music going on at the same time as a conversation. When they are listening to an album ,that's all they are doing, no cleaning or opening mail etc. What makes these people different from people like me who do other things while listening to music?

[2] Am I missing out on something by not giving the music my full attention?

[3] I don't "see" music. Do I have a block?

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