Music is a language through which we speak: it lets us add layers of meaning, emotion and energy on top of the words that we use. Music is the ultimate co-creative process, through composing, performing and listening, it joins us in common meaning.

I’ve spent today with the team at Drake Music a charity that works with disabled young musicians, using assistive technology to enable them to compose and perform music. They’re a strong but small team, supported by a network of associates, delivering across the UK and i’m going to be joining the board as a trustee next month, something that i’m extremely excited about. Why? Because we can learn so much from music!

Words convey meaning, let us share love and loss, bring us together and takes us to war. Music adds depth to our lives: it provides the backdrop and colour. Helping young people to create and contribute to this creative and shared experience, whatever their ability, is a great mission. Communication sits at the heart of all learning: it brings us together, lets us share stories.

We talked a lot about the role of research and development in technology, to create new ways of making music, new instruments, new potential, the importance of communities to share these stories in. We talked about the need to tell stories across the globe, to work with teams in other countries and cultures, to bring together the best of this learning.

It’s been a very long day. I’m sat here in my hotel too tired to write really, but can’t let the day go without sharing the energy that i feel after such a day spent with such a great crowd of people with such a shared vision.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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16 Responses to Music

  1. nick135 says:

    Great post Julian … music is inspirational, but even more so in the setting you describe.

    I’ve listened to a lot of music to support my thought processes and it has also been a great way of getting points across around perseverance, practice, improvement (10,000 hours) and the fact you don’t have to be the very best in your field, just good enough to enjoy what you’re doing and the ability to share it with others

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