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Towards the end of your investigation, start creating a plan to reach your music-understanding goals. You can create this in any form you like, for example, as an outline, a short essay, a diagram or flow chart. The plan should include:

  1. A description of the music theory that would help you to better understand and do your chosen music activity. This might include, for example, a list of terms that you would like to understand, or a capability that you would like to develop, for example being able to recognize major and minor chords by ear or in notated music.
  2. A set of resources (such as method books or informational articles) that you can consult as needed, that are written in a way that you can understand.
  3. A realistic plan for musical activities that you can do to develop and practice the understanding or capability. These must be activities you are capable of doing that would be very likely to develop the understanding that you want or need. A few examples: If you play a transposing instrument and want to understand what "transposing" means, plan to learn and practice transposing on your instrument. If you want to understand the tuning system of a foreign music tradition, plan to listen regularly both to music in that tradition and to audio examples that demonstrate the tuning; if possible, plan to practice singing or playing along with music that uses that tuning. ( A tip: "Disciplined" practice can be very useful, but simply "playing around" with an idea is often a very good way to explore it and strengthen your understanding of it.)
  4. If at all possible, locate people with whom it would be useful to discuss your understanding and demonstrate your practice. For example, would your teacher or band director be willing to listen to you transposing and tell you whether you are doing it correctly? Do you have a friend who knows more about that foreign music tradition than you do?

    Practical suggestions for theory-exploration activity

  • If your theory questions are related to a musical activity that you already do, such as playing an instrument, dancing, singing, or composing, then your plan should focus on how to explore and practice the concept using that activity.
  • If your questions are related to a musical activity that you plan on taking up or that you wouldn't mind doing for a while (for example, taking a 6-week ballroom dance course) your theory-learning plan should be tied to your plans to learn that activity.
  • If you don't want to take up a musical activity, but only wish to explore the theory so that you can listen more knowledgeably, one possibility is using an inexpensive instrument such as the "virtual keyboards" that are available on the Internet (some for free) or simple rhythm instruments that you can make yourself.
  • Programs, apps, and websites that allow you to make music or alter some aspect of a musical sound can also be used to explore notation and music theory. Look for programs that make it easy to "play around with" the aspect of music (such as notation, tuning, rhythm tracks, or instrument sounds) that you want to explore.
  • You may be able to collect a personal "listening library" of audio tracks or links to Internet-based audio files that you can play to hear examples of the concept that you want to understand (for example, files and tracks with labels that say things like "F major scale" or "an example of a plagal cadence" or "12-bar blues in B flat").

If, while trying to create your plans, you find there are gaps, do a little more investigation to fill them in. For example, if you feel you need to play an instrument to understand a concept but you do not play one, see if you can find a solution that would work for you, such as using a "virtual keyboard."


If you are doing this project as part of a class or group inquiry, share your plan with the group. Group members should take time to discuss each plan, asking questions and making helpful suggestions.

If you have a private music teacher or are in a musical group with a director, discuss your plan with your teacher or director if possible. If you are in a music class or in a music group that does not have a director, discuss it with your peers and band mates. You may receive useful suggestions, enthusiastic support, and even offers of practical help, particularly if your theory-learning goal would help you become a better music student or band mate.

If none of these options is available, find friends or family members who might be interested in your progress as a musician and discuss it informally with them.


As you reflect on what to do next to pursue your music-learning goals, the following questions may be helpful:

  • How practical would it be for you to pursue your music-theory-learning plan? Is there anything you can do that might make it more practical? Is there anything happening that makes it more practical to do now than it will be later (for example, do you plan to discontinue music lessons soon)?
  • Did your investigation raise new interest in pursuing a certain music activity?
  • Did the results of your investigation suggest that there is another area of music theory that interests you more, that would be even more useful or practical, or that you need to explore before exploring this one?
  • Did it suggest a long-term music-theory goal that interests you? Is the plan that you created a good first step towards that goal? If not, what might be a good first step?

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
ya I also want to know the raman spectra
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
nanocopper obvius
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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