Let TED teach: Music
Inspiration during isolation
The schools are closed for a bit, the kids are home and we’re all teachers now.
Sure, we should be teachers every day, but I’m talking about actual, front-of-classroom, lesson-planning, homework-giving teachers. So a couple of weeks into this, we may need a little help.
TED can help.
TED Talks are a showcase for “speakers who present great, well-informed ideas in under 18 minutes.” Why 18 minutes? The short model works because it only demands your attention for a short period of time, decreasing the chance of your mind wandering or daydreaming. Some are as short as five minutes.
My favorite is 18 minutes and 30 seconds – but you have to give him a few seconds to say hello. It’s Victor Wooten teaching about music as a language. Victor is a groundbreaking bass player with an almost holistic approach to music education. He’s easy going, approachable, welcoming and inspiring – which is what makes him such a great teacher.
My daughter had the amazing opportunity to spend time with, live around, talk with and play with Victor, his brothers and a few other incredible musicians last summer. So while I may be biased, I think his approach to teaching is revolutionary. It’s one of many approaches, but one that really sticks with me.
Victor Wooten: Music as a Language
That’s my favorite, but there are a lot more. There’s a list that’s been compiled by Katie McKnight that highlights a number of the great Ted Talks about music – from classical to dubstep and everything in-between. She points out that this list is not exhaustive – but what a great start down the rabbit hole.
- Your Brain on Music
- The Transformative Power of Classical Music
- How Sampling Transformed Music
- Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale
- How to Truly Listen
- How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain
- Reggie Watts Disorients You in the Most Entertaining Way
- Copyrighting All the Melodies to Avoid Accidental Infringement
- The Mad Scientist of Music
- 4 Simple Steps To Writing A Song
- How to Practice Effectively…For Just About Anything
- How I Found Myself Through Music
- Finding a Place Through Music
- Hit Song Science
- The Illusion of the Shy Musician
- The Polyphonic Me
- The World’s Ugliest Music
- What the Music Industry Really Sells
- A One-Man Musical Phenomenon
- A Different Way to Visualize Rhythm
- Music and Math: The Genius of Beethoven
- The Science of Dubstep
- How Music Can Heal Our Brain and Heart
- Music and the Inner Self
- A Musical Genius
- Why Most Piano Players Fail
- The Harmonic Series In Music
- Pop Music is Stuck on Repeat
- Why We Love Repetition in Music
- What if Every Child Had Access to Music Education From Birth?
- Music is Medicine
- The Power of Music
- The Power of Musicals
- The Orchestra In My Mouth
- How to Translate the Feeling Into Sound