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Even if you have had no formal music training, you very likely have some embodied knowledge of music. Most people have a "feel the beat" knowledge that lets them clap, snap fingers, sway, nod, tap toes, walk, march, or dance "in time" with familiar kinds of music. Many people also have embodied singing skills that let them sing, alone or with others, with the correct rhythms and pitches. Although an inability to do this is sometimes called a "tin ear," the problem is usually a lack of practice singing (embodied knowledge) as much as a lack of ear training.

A music knowledge inquiry

If you believe you don't know anything about music, or are not certain what kinds of music knowledge you already have and how they might be useful as you learn more about music, then you may want to start with the inquiry below. If you feel you are already aware of the types of music knowledge that you have and how they might help you learn more, then you may prefer to explore a specific type of knowledge instead: ethnomusicology (cultural knowledge), Listening to Unfamiliar Music , ear training, how music is written, learning music theory, and music as practice (embodied knowledge).

Ask

The questions you will be exploring in this inquiry are:

  • What do I already know about music?
  • How did I get that knowledge?
  • How might I go about learning more about music?

Investigate

    Choose three types of music to investigate:

  • Choose one kind of music that is very familiar because you like it very much and have chosen to sing, play, or listen to it often.
  • Choose one kind of music that is very familiar because other people in your culture value it. (Perhaps your music teachers insisted that you learn it, for example, or you hear it in your place of worship, your parents took you to places where it was played, or your friends listen to it often.
  • Choose one kind of music that is unfamiliar but that you would like to learn more about.

For each type of music you have chosen, find a recording of a piece that you feel is typical of that type of music. For each of these pieces, listen to the piece and do your best to answer all of the questions in the list below. It's a pretty long list, and you will be answering it three times and then making notes about your answers, so you may want to print out three copies of the list (here is a PDF ) and write the answers in single words or short phrases. (For example, the answer to "what do the musicians wear" might be "tuxes" or "torn jeans and t-shirts.") Use standard terms when you can, but your own descriptions are also fine. (For example, you might describe the rhythm as "salsa groove," "syncopated," or "6/8 time,", but "like a march," "fast and smooth," or "unpredictable" are also good.) If you have no answer at all to the question, write a question mark instead of an answer.

list of questions

    Now go back and think about each answer that you gave

  • If you are confident that an answer would be considered "correct" by the musicians who performed the piece, put a star next to it.
  • If your answer may not be the officially-correct answer, but you believe it is accurate and makes sense, put a check mark next to it.
  • If you were just guessing, or have no idea if your answer is accurate or would make sense to others, put a question mark next to it.

As the last step of your investigation, look at each answer that is marked with a star or check mark, and try to remember how, where, or from whom you learned it. Write down a short note next to the star or check mark listing where the knowledge came from: for example "piano lessons," "reading," "school choir," "dance hall," "friends," or "Dad."

Create

Study the sets of answers on the three sheets. Look for patterns, connections, and themes. For example, does most of your knowledge come from one or two sources? Are you more confident about knowledge from a particular source? Can you group the questions that you could not answer into two or three categories? Are there types of knowledge that seem to be your strong points or weak points right now? Are the patterns the same or different on the three sheets? What you want to create is a way to organize this information so that it says something about you as a musician and music learner.

Create a single chart, diagram, map, outline, or sketch that shows the patterns, groups, connections, or themes that you are discovering. It may take you several tries to figure out how to arrange the information so that it clearly shows the patterns, groups and connections. Simply trying to arrange the information will help you think about it, so try out different arrangements or different types of charts or diagrams until you have something that you think clearly shows something about you as a music learner.

Discuss

If you are doing this inquiry as part of a group or class, show your chart/diagram to the group. Explain what you think it shows about you as a music learner. Look and listen carefully to other people's presentations, and ask questions when you notice anything that is interesting, surprising, or unclear. After everyone has made their presentations, compare the various patterns and connections that were found and discuss the likely reasons for similarities and differences.

If you are not part of an inquiry group, try to find a way to discuss what you have discovered about yourself with someone who would be interested. One good way to interest people is to ask questions about the things that you don't know and gather advice, rather than talking about what you do know. For example, your music teacher might want to know that you feel your "ear" is not as advanced as your music-reading; or a friend might admit to having similar questions and suggest that you go to a concert together to try to learn more.

Reflect

    What have you learned about where you are and where you might go next as a music learner?

  • What music knowledge are you most interested in pursuing right now? Are you interested in developing a particular kind of knowledge about familiar music? Learning more about an unfamiliar kind of music?
  • What are your strengths as a music learner right now? In what ways might you expand or build on these strengths in your quest to learn more?
  • How have you gotten most of your current music knowledge? What types of resources have you found most useful and accessible? How might you find these types of resources for your next music-learning inquiry?
  • Is there a particular type of music knowledge that appears to be a weak point for you right now? Might there be resources that you have not tried yet that would help you gain this type of knowledge?

Questions & Answers

Do you have a pdf available for this content?
Ancil Reply
do you have a pdf of this content?
Ancil
For which?
vidhyalakshmi
stress,coping and wellbeing
Ancil
you can google it, you'll find plenty
Priyank
but i felt contents in this app is awesome , that's why i was looking for the pdf contents of this app
Ancil
Ypp I too feel the content useful
Sakshi
what is creative thinking
Ayesha Reply
The thinking process where you are able to project a clutter of ideas and streamline them into concepts that either appeal to or meet the specifications of the target end product of what that thinking process is applied for
Neo
creative thinking could be thinking outside the box, going against the grain sort of speaking.
vincent
Creative thinking is a new way or method in reaching the target which none has used until that particular moment.It is always attractive and easy to reach next levels.And the point is not all people get this sort of thinking.
vidhyalakshmi
What is the difference between drive and motivation?
Shanice Reply
who would give a psychopath and a sociopath meth amphetamine ( exampels)-louise otero and Sylvia myers
Shawnasie
drive is like a commitment to follow through and motivation is kinda like the desire to follow through.. both together would bring a desire to follow through I suppose
Alexis
Drive is that feeling/reason for the desire to do something, while motivation is that thing which keeps your drive going. Motivation pushes you to achieve what drives you. Drive is the answer for 'how do you do this' while motivation is that catalyst that helps you complete what you started.
Kavya
Why wasn't Carl Jung discussed within the context of historical ( introduction to) psychology?
Dr Reply
What are the symptoms of acute stress?
Shanice Reply
Lose interest in the things that you like to do (for example you like to read or watch movie but when you have acute stress those things don't excite you anymore), feeling tired all day, insomnia / hypersomnia.. and the symptoms has last for quite some time.
Kelly
There are more symptoms but I can't remember it right now
Kelly
Is weight loss one of them ?
Shanice
yeah but you also have to take in consideration as well you may want to think about the full word or question being discussed or asked, starting with the word Acute, so maybe size it levels of stress present are a main focus when answering or giving optional input so yes i agree
Kayla
weight loss or gain it can go both ways ( my personal experience) and it is often hard to break the chain to change back to health level
altug
Okay, thanks.
Shanice
how can we practice personality psychology?
Nasra
what's the captive psychology?
ghada
guys you are really mean, you don't even want to at least try to help me. 😢😢😢😢😭😭I thought you were awesome
Nasra
ow
Maxamed
define human emotions and types of emotions
Chukwuede Reply
sorry I hit send to many times
vincent
human emotions are your feelings like angry sad happy etc
latosha
emotion is a personal conscious experience.
bett
I don't understand sensation and perception 😩
Shanice Reply
Sensation - detection of basic stimuli (light coming into eyes) Perception - way we interpret the detected stimuli (seeing colours)
Marcel
I second you marcel
Sachin
how can I learn behaviorism
Brent Reply
***youtu.be/NNnIGh9g6fA
Waskar
Any other methods to manage stress ? And Thank You !
Charbel Reply
Any idea about new ways to manage stress ? And Thank You !
Charbel
I'd like to manage my stress better too how thou?
Shawnasie
a wide array of copping mechanisms that you could alternate between would be my best guess
Shawnasie
I guess, managing stress is not that difficult. When you get some sort of stress, make a pause and leave the place for a while.Get some fresh air,some happy songs,make a convo with your best friend,eat as much as you want,and the best way is to take a nap. :)
vidhyalakshmi
Common symptoms of major depressive disorder include all of the following except......
EDNSAGAR Reply
how many stages do people go through in life and what are their names
Stanley Reply
3 stages: adolescent, youth, old
Komal
what about infant, toddler, pre-school, adolescent, young adult, middle age and elderly?
Kathy
anagen , catagen, telogen. or is that just for hair growth only?
Carrie
you should look up Freud and Erikson stages
vincent
good answer Vincent.
Kathy
so much to learn in psych.
Kathy
thank you :)
vincent
Hi
zahir
Guys how are you?
zahir
Let's talk about abnormal psychology?
zahir
I need to understand lot about what
zahir
hi
Tasfia
Abnormal psyh is a huge undertaking...you should take some classes. You could be in school for years, there is so much to learn. I took psych in nursing school and did clinical at a now closed psych institution...and I loved it. The human condition is amazing.
Kathy
Abnormal psych is a great major.
Kathy
Thanks. That's what i need to learn all about behavior. Human beings. Nervous and whats happen in the brain
zahir
I tray to be good for all of those stuff
zahir
What is this chat about
Elise
Take intro to psych to see if you enjoy it!
Kathy
infant, child, adolescent, young adult, middle adult, and old adult
Steffenney
Why does anxiety show up alarmingly fast for some people but others show little signs of it?
Elise Reply
why does this app have chat
Callum
It is more of a discussion.
Elise
a forum then
Callum
I guess so.
Elise
anxiety stops people from participating so seeing signs of it is usually difficult is it not?
Callum
it's pretty epic
juan
is there an app for psychophysiology?
juan
Not sure what you mean by participating but what I was meaning was anxiety affects others dramatically while some others don't even have anxiety and I was wondering why that occurs.
Elise
by participation i meant anxiety causes fear to move outside your comfort zone or even some activities within it.
Callum
so your question is why do some people have anxiety and some don't?
Callum
I guess so.
Elise
It depends on a person's lifestyle and how the people surrounding them are and the person's mentality
Kevin
I'm not a psychologist I'm an occupational therapists but I'd assume it's a mixture of genetics, environmental factors and development.
Callum
as kevin said
Callum
Right on spot :)
Kevin
It might be because of the natural disposition and personality traits. suppose, if someone is open to new experiences they might not find a new situation challenging enough while on the other hand a person not open to ideas and experience might find himself/herself in a tight corner worrying.
Simran
That is what I thought as well. I have just recently been asked a lot about anxiety and I didnt want to misinforming
Elise
I think it has to do with the way brain is wired for each. some have to build resistance to anxiety whereas others already have a higher resistance to anxiety.
vincent
I struggle with Anxiety very severe. And I don't really know what to do to help get rid of it..
Aryana
anxiety is an elusive but powerful mental problem, it would definitely be intersting to look into it more
Callum
hmmm
Aryana
Anxiety is something that is hard to handle at points. If it gets hard to handle best thing is professional help.
Elise
The best methods i have seen to beat anxiety, i do suffer from it myself, is exposure therapy where you put yourself into those difficult situations like talking to strangers that kind of thing and just working your way through experience
Callum
Well my anxiety is pretty difficult to do that, I get super red when I like get anxiety attacks and other things with it
Aryana
I recommend tai chi or the 1 2 3 breathing exercises
vincent
Also many don't experience anxiety like I do but it will come on randomly and thr best thing to do is breathe.
Elise
yea i can imagine that is why it would have to be in some kind of safe place where you can escape or relax if needed.
Callum
what is tai chi? And yeah I usually do just turn the other way and breathe but still it hits hard
Aryana
there can be multiple reasons behind it. it can also be subjected to sufficient and necessary causes. There can be number of incidents that could have made a person anxious in the past and that has piled up and even similar issue ahead can manifest a lot of reaction and anxiety in future.
Simran
breathing exercises are definitely important too yea
Callum
Yeah thank you
Aryana
Best thing is to just breathe and remember to be relaxed
Elise
if youre not already you should definitely seek seeing someone about it. idk where you guys live but in NZ we get 10 free sessions
Callum
Talking to a professional will help you understand and receive treatment.
Elise
Yeah, I've been watching to go talk to someone but I can't being myself to get the courage to talk about this
Aryana
There might be an underlying cause behind it and a professional can help you to understand the cause of it and how to break through your inhibitions. You can try out progressive muscle relaxation exercises as well, it will help in calming you down and benefits are way too much there.
Simran
well you can talk here this seems like a reasonably safe place but i would encourage you try to see someone, maybe take a family member, friend for support
Callum
It will be best for physical and emotional health
Elise
Yeah I agree, but sometimes I can't even talk to a family member or friend because I feel like I'm being judged or something but that just comes with the problem
Aryana
i used to feel like that but there is no shame for asking for help and they should support you if want to get better.
Callum
I know how that feels. You will have to accept that you need the help. It may take a while.
Elise
Yeah
Aryana
I honestly wouldn't mind Anxiety if it didn't show in my face and if I didn't have panic attacks
Aryana
well yea the symptoms can be very distressing because as i said before it will stop you from participating in things like social interactions
Callum
Anxiety isn't just caused by social interactions
Elise
Yeah it will, I do online school now because of it..
Aryana
Good day to everyone
Ayomide
ah really, that is very drastic. definitely seek a professional when you can
Callum
good day David
Callum
Thank you
Aryana
It will be hard
Elise
I know its gonna be rough but I'm over it, I'm ready to start living my life again
Aryana
Good thinking
Elise
for sure thats the right attitude Aryana!
Callum
Thank you all very much
Aryana
best of luck
Callum
I think everyone feels Anxiety but degree variates.And when it is out of control person suffers psychologically n physically too.Then symptoms can be observed.To come out or deal with it.One can consult professional help if required or can start with small steps.Like to remember ones strengths etc.
anuradha
may be because of their living standards and surroundings.If they have already experienced they will not show fast anxiety
Anis
perception..... no?
juan
I think....so
Anis
That is personal belief.
Elise
no.
juan
It depends on how someone sees anxiety.
Elise
depression &substance use
Shawnasie
it has a co acerance in both up to 60%
Shawnasie
Diagnosed anxiety along with depression are apart of post traumatic stress disorder previously known as shell shock... now "shock" often comes on instantly, hence the name. A natural reaction to a specific chemical imbalance, Like when people are extremely happy, sad or sometimes even angry they cry
Luci
how can we treat multiple personal disorder
dilpu Reply
We must have to take help of a counselor or therapist.We can treat but upto some points only
Anis
The best we can do is support them. The rest is up to the counselor.
shri
have you ever read the biology of belief?
juan
***youtu.be/82ShSNuru6c
juan
Best thing is to be there for the person and make sure you show support but really only a professional can do much more to help.
Elise
Bruce Lipton seems quite brilliant
juan
I believe all you need is a shift in perception....
juan
we have to know & work first on root reason from where all these started
Anis
perception
juan
you were not born with the diagnosis; just a perception phenomena
juan
classical conditioning
Its Reply
what is psychology
Sohdip Reply
the science of psychic
Horia
It is a scientific study of human mind and behavior. Encompasses a lot of domains.
Simran
the study of the human mind and the way soceity effects it.
Doctor
thanks
Sohdip
psychology is dealing with society and the mind and everyday living
Gloria
dealing with mind, behaviour and thought of humans
Anis
It is understanding your mind and others mind and the chance of behaviour accordingly.
vidhyalakshmi
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