Teachers teach as they are taught (Blume 1971.) Teachers are active learners who construct their own understandings (Putnam & Borko 1991.) At any given time there is a need to be learning what is being taught while at the same time questioning, examining and learning about the nature of teaching (Hoban 1997.)

I think part of being a musician is to train the brain to make connections and see patterns- maybe it has to do with us constantly having to create meaning in expressive and artistic decisions. I love it when I can connect two seemingly distant disciplines like bodybuilding and classical piano to argue that things like self discipline, and self control, body and muscular awareness cross over into the other, and has the potential to complement each other. I’ve heard anecdotal sayings that the game of poker is analogous to many real life interpersonal decisions, and it would seem so as Kenny Rogers sings, “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, Know when to fold ’em.” This is why I love theology- the queen of sciences, which for me is a confluence of history, philology, philosophy, psychology and epistemology. Stephen Hawking spent his life looking for the unified theory and Daniel Barenboim (2008) writes an autobiography titled, “Everything is Connected – the Power of Music” in which he argues that “Music teaches us, in short, that everything is connected.” It gives me a joyful satisfaction to know that the cosmos is in a state of harmony – a hopeful sentiment among all this chaos surrounding us.

My project is to teach students how to compose using technology. To sample music or audio clips and warp, set to a beat, arrange and structure it into a musical composition. The baby stepping and video producing techniques that I learned in my UoS will come in handy and I have done two test runs of my own compositions which I will use as a model. This is my second model based on two wonderful videos – Herbie Hancock recounting his experience recording with Miles Davis who taught the former that ‘mistakes’ are a paradigmatic concept – that Miles didn’t see Herbie’s mistake as a ‘mistake’ but an even that he felt responsible to respond to musically, and as Herbie says, was like turning “poison into medicine, take whatever situation you have and make something constructive happen.”

The second video is about sampling and how Jazz is the father of Hip Hop.

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