Music Teaching – PBL

Reflections on Music teaching and Project based Learning

  • Although I am not familiar with teaching how to play music instruments, I have experienced the DAW (or sequencer) the step sequencer, and a range of notation software. Though, I believe I won’t explore any of these technologies further, I am happy to be able to share this knowledge with my students and assist them in their music making.
  • Since the ’70s I have been persuaded that the DJ-producers have an awful lot of sophisticated musical skills. Naming one for all, Mr Brian Eno, who’s ambient exploration into sound and algorythm has largely impacted our contemporary music.
  • David Price theories on “OPEN” learning are absolutely fascinating and I widely agree with his opinions.
  • The best example of open learning I found by reviewing the work of one of my peers, was a module teaching how to sing like Myles Kennedy. In a way, when I was a child by learning song’s lyrics I Iearnt the correct pronunciation of the English language. That was indeed an Open Learning experience. 
  • It is stated that “Learning music helps to develop the left side of the brain (related to language and reasoning), assists with sound recognition, and teaches rhythm and rhyme. Songs can also help children remember information (just think of the Alphabet song!)”. Indeed, music is transdisciplinary by definition and can become a conduit for learning different topics.

Elena Arzani

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