One of the main reasons that you enjoy your favorite music is that you can understand it simply by listening to it. You don't have to make any conscious effort to make sense of what is going on, just as you don't have to make any conscious effort to understand someone who is speaking in a familiar language with a familiar accent. But if the language or accent are unfamiliar, you may have to work harder at comprehension, or may fail to understand at all. Your aural (ear-based) understanding of music is related to, but separate from, any formal understanding of music theory or notation, just as your ability to understand spoken language is related to, but separate from, any formal knowledge of grammar and writing. The purpose of this module is to help you (or your students) develop a better aural understanding of an unfamiliar type of music.
This module is a guide to creating your own inquiry into the music that interests you. That means that it focuses on the process of learning how to listen to an unfamiliar music, rather than on providing you with information about a specific kind of music. The suggestions below are general; you will choose the music that you want to explore, based on your interests or learning goals. You will find below:
- Guidance in Ask: Choosing the music to study to study.
- Suggestions for Aural Investigation: Finding answers using your own ear.
- Suggestions for Formal Investigation: Finding answers using other resources the music of interest and furthering your inquiry.
- Sharing and Reflecting on your Inquiry on individual inquiries
- Lesson plan information for teachers and facilitators who would like to Listening and Discussion as a Class Activity in this exercise.