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An active, creative response to new ideas and information is a crucial step in formal inquiry. In the area of music, there are many possible types of creations that can be a useful part of inquiry-based learning.


This inquiry -style module will help you explore some of the types of "creations" that can be a useful part of the music-learning process, with the aim of discovering which ones might work best for you right now.

Actively responding to new ideas and information is an important step in the learning process. If the only things you do as a learner are passive (for example, listening, watching, and reading), then the new knowledge tends to be formal and abstract, useful only in highly controlled situations such as giving memorized answers to expected questions and problems. On the other hand, if you take an active, creative part in the process (for example, challenging the new ideas with thoughtful questions or using the new information in a creative way), then the new knowledge is more likely to become an integral part of your understanding, available to be used in a wide variety of real-world situations.

Good teachers will include opportunities for active learning in their programs, but if you are pursuing music-learning goals and projects on your own, you may have to be creative in thinking of active ways to learn what you want to know. There are many, many different ways to be an active music learner, even if your main goal is mainly to become a more knowledgeable listener. The lists below do not include all of the possibilities; they may help you think of other activities that you would find even more educational and interesting. Below the lists, you will find an inquiry that is designed to help you experiment with some of the possibilities for yourself.

    Music creations

  • Formal exercise - Set yourself a goal of composing a short exercise that will force you to practice the concept you are trying to learn (for example, writing 4 measures in 6/8 time, notated correctly, or composing 8 measures of counterpoint).
  • Arrangement - Take a piece of music that you like and set yourself the goal of arranging it in a way that practices the concept you are trying to learn (for example, transpose it to a new key, or change the rhythms to give it a different style).
  • Original composition - Choose a musical form that you like (for example, pop song form or sonata form) and compose a piece using the new concept.
  • Improvisation - During your regular practice sessions, practice creating improvisations that explore or demonstrate the new concept. (For example, make yourself include major seventh chords in your improvisation, or set yourself the task of modulating to a different key during the improvisation.) Record some of the improvisations for sharing and reflection.

    Enacted music

  • Play it - If you are an instrumentalist, study the concept by choosing several pieces that include good examples of it (for example, pieces that use the melodic minor, or that are in the musical style that interests you). As you practice the pieces, study their similarities and differences and the ways that they incorporate or use the concept.
  • Move to it - Find appropriate recordings and play them while moving in a way that highlights the concept you are learning. (For example, conduct the 5/4 time, find dance steps that fit the compound meter, clap in a way that highlights the syncopated rhythm, or move your arms to indicate the contour of the melody.)
  • Sing it - Find appropriate recordings and sing along to them in a way that highlights the concept you are learning. (For example, sing a different syllable for the accented notes, or hum along with the harmony or the bass line instead of the melody). Singing is also a very effective practice tool if you are having trouble demonstrating the concept on your instrument. Try singing the piece that you are practicing, using the correct accents, dynamics, articulations, or phrasing. Once you can sing it correctly, you can work on the instrumental technique that will allow you to play the concept as well as sing it.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
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
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.
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Source:  OpenStax, Music inquiry. OpenStax CNX. Mar 18, 2013 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11455/1.4
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