Category Archives: Music

Music

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 … Continue reading

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Clear stories

The summer always brings festivals: a chance to hear music that one knows and loves as well as to discover new talent. This evening, i’ve been to a gig in Hoxton by Evening Hymns, a Canadian artist, performing tracks from … Continue reading

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Where are your communities? Mapping social learning in the real world and the record store

Concerto is one of Amsterdam’s oldest and best record stores. It has rooms for every genre, as well as a sizeable second hand vinyl department, knowledgeable staff and a great cafe. It’s a ten minute walk from where i’m living … Continue reading

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Let’s start a band: coordinated social learning

I’ve been trying recently to tease out the lessons we can learn from music when it comes to learning design and the learning experience. We communicate in so many different languages in our social lives, but so very few in … Continue reading

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How do we communicate? A song about the languages of learning

I’m editing my new book on ‘music in learning‘ and trying to draw out my thoughts into some practical models around the subject. Part of this involves trying to characterise how we use different the different languages of learning to … Continue reading

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Music in learning: social learning communities and personal learning networks

In this final extract from my new book on ‘music in learning’, i’m looking at learning communities and exploring how we come together to learn. I have completed the first draft of the book this week and now starting the … Continue reading

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Music and learning: drawing my conclusions

Today i’m finishing the first draft of my book on ‘music in learning’. In this chapter, i’m drawing the ideas together: in many ways, it’s the most fun part to write. This is the first draft of that chapter: This … Continue reading

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Music in learning: formal education

This week i’m working to finish my new book on ‘music in learning’. It’s based on interviews with musicians and music fans to understand how the process of learning music, of creating music, has changed them. Throughout this week i’m … Continue reading

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‘Music in learning’. Sharing extracts from the new book

I’m spending this week finishing up my new book on ‘music in learning‘. It’s an exploration of music as a language of learning, looking at how learning music changes us and how we can communicate with greater richness and depth … Continue reading

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Practice makes perfect. But why is it so hard?

I’ve been playing guitar for twenty years, but on a very amateur basis. I play it every few weeks maybe and, if i’m honest, haven’t learnt anything new for years. Until now. My new year’s resolution was to at least … Continue reading

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