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An active, creative response to new ideas and information is a crucial step in formal inquiry. In the area of music, there are many possible types of creations that can be a useful part of inquiry-based learning.


This inquiry -style module will help you explore some of the types of "creations" that can be a useful part of the music-learning process, with the aim of discovering which ones might work best for you right now.

Actively responding to new ideas and information is an important step in the learning process. If the only things you do as a learner are passive (for example, listening, watching, and reading), then the new knowledge tends to be formal and abstract, useful only in highly controlled situations such as giving memorized answers to expected questions and problems. On the other hand, if you take an active, creative part in the process (for example, challenging the new ideas with thoughtful questions or using the new information in a creative way), then the new knowledge is more likely to become an integral part of your understanding, available to be used in a wide variety of real-world situations.

Good teachers will include opportunities for active learning in their programs, but if you are pursuing music-learning goals and projects on your own, you may have to be creative in thinking of active ways to learn what you want to know. There are many, many different ways to be an active music learner, even if your main goal is mainly to become a more knowledgeable listener. The lists below do not include all of the possibilities; they may help you think of other activities that you would find even more educational and interesting. Below the lists, you will find an inquiry that is designed to help you experiment with some of the possibilities for yourself.

    Music creations

  • Formal exercise - Set yourself a goal of composing a short exercise that will force you to practice the concept you are trying to learn (for example, writing 4 measures in 6/8 time, notated correctly, or composing 8 measures of counterpoint).
  • Arrangement - Take a piece of music that you like and set yourself the goal of arranging it in a way that practices the concept you are trying to learn (for example, transpose it to a new key, or change the rhythms to give it a different style).
  • Original composition - Choose a musical form that you like (for example, pop song form or sonata form) and compose a piece using the new concept.
  • Improvisation - During your regular practice sessions, practice creating improvisations that explore or demonstrate the new concept. (For example, make yourself include major seventh chords in your improvisation, or set yourself the task of modulating to a different key during the improvisation.) Record some of the improvisations for sharing and reflection.

    Enacted music

  • Play it - If you are an instrumentalist, study the concept by choosing several pieces that include good examples of it (for example, pieces that use the melodic minor, or that are in the musical style that interests you). As you practice the pieces, study their similarities and differences and the ways that they incorporate or use the concept.
  • Move to it - Find appropriate recordings and play them while moving in a way that highlights the concept you are learning. (For example, conduct the 5/4 time, find dance steps that fit the compound meter, clap in a way that highlights the syncopated rhythm, or move your arms to indicate the contour of the melody.)
  • Sing it - Find appropriate recordings and sing along to them in a way that highlights the concept you are learning. (For example, sing a different syllable for the accented notes, or hum along with the harmony or the bass line instead of the melody). Singing is also a very effective practice tool if you are having trouble demonstrating the concept on your instrument. Try singing the piece that you are practicing, using the correct accents, dynamics, articulations, or phrasing. Once you can sing it correctly, you can work on the instrumental technique that will allow you to play the concept as well as sing it.

Questions & Answers

do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
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Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
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Source:  OpenStax, Music inquiry. OpenStax CNX. Mar 18, 2013 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11455/1.4
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