This Inquiry into Music: Course Home-style module delves into a very basic step in any music-learning inquiry: considering where you are "starting from" in your quest to learn more about music, and thinking about where it might be possible to go from where you are. Conducting this inquiry will give you practice in how to do music-learning inquiries. It will also provide useful insights into the types of knowledge that you already have about music and the types of music-learning resources that you have found most useful in the past. These insights should help you find a ground from which you can begin to pursue further music learning.
There are many different ways that you can "know about" music. The discussion below includes five different ways, and there may be more. Ideally, these different types of knowledge complement each other and work together to create a more complete, complex, and useful understanding of music. For example, a musician who is creating an excellent jazz improvisation is probably drawing on music theory and literacy, as well as aural, embodied and cultural knowledge about jazz. When you are learning about music, however, it is often a good idea to concentrate on one type of knowledge at a time, integrating it with other knowledge that you already have. The following section introduces five types of music knowledge. The inquiry that follows will help you think about how to conduct further inquiries that would help you broaden each aspect of your music knowledge.