Week 3 Approach Music As A Language

This morning I was once again reminded of how great of a musician Victor Wooten is, but he is also a teacher.  If you aren’t familiar with him, he is one of the greatest bassists out there right now and he has actually been to Saskatoon. Only a couple of years ago he was here performing with Bela Flek & The Flektones at the Sasktel Jazz Festival.

In case you need a reminder, here is a youtube clip of Victor playing Amazing Grace as you’ve never heard it before.

Today I watched a youtube TED talk of Victor Wooten speaking about how he learned music.  He believes he learned music the same way he learned how to speak, and this approach is not only far from the traditional approach we might normally associate with the learning of music, but it seems to fit very well with the approach we want to see in our classrooms currently here in Prairie Spirit.  In fact, I would argue that this approach might not only apply to how we can learn music, but also how we might learn other things.

It is almost 20 min long, but I encourage you to watch it.  I have purposely not given away too much here in my blog about it with the hope that your curiosity will take you the rest of the way.

My schedule this week remains somewhat flexible as teachers gradually get their music classes going in the coming couple of weeks.  Here is what I know so far:

Monday – DO all day

Tuesday – DO all day unless otherwise needed

Wednesday – Hepburn AM, WCMS PM

Thursday – Hepburn all day

Friday – Hepburn all day

After school availability as follows:

Tuesday 3:00-4:30 pm

Wednesday 3:00-4:30 pm

Thursday 3:00-4:30 pm

Friday 3:00-4:30 pm

As always, let me know if you need anything.  Have a great week!