Music is a mystery for people who play it, write it, listen to it, and write about it. The only thing I can really do when I try to say something about music is assume.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Styles of Learning, Ways of Knowing
It never ceases to surprise me how many college students think of the act of learning as applying the meaning of the German verb wissen, while so much of "knowing" is actually more like the verb kennen.
I am active as a composer, a violist, a violinist, a recorder player, and as a teacher. I began my professional musical life as a flutist, and spent a lot of quality time as a baroque flutist, but I no longer have my baroque flute. Now my modern flute spends most of its time tucked away in a drawer, while my violin, viola, and my viola d'amore are often tucked under my chin.