Let TED teach: Music

Inspiration during isolation

The schools are closed for a bit, the kids are home and we’re all teachers now.

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My kid with Victor Wooten in Tennessee last summer.

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.

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