The YouTube video "Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music" is a lecture presentation by pianist and conductor Benjamin Zander. Mr. Zander brings his audience through an appreciation of a Chopin Prelude. The goal is to teach listeners to hear the "long line" in a musical composition and draw meaning from the experience.
Type of Material:
This video is recommended for students who are developing and preparing outreach music programs. Music appreciation class. This could also be useful in a class about organizational structure, business or other kinds of classes that are concerned with bringing people together.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
This video is an excellent model for students who are developing outreach programs. The video demonstrates a clear structure for an outreach lecture-presentation and demonstrates strategies for engaging an audience. The video also provides a strong point of view for classroom discussions on audience development as well as the purpose and value of music.
Target Student Population:
College and high school level students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No pre-requisites needed to understand or use this video.
The strength of this video is in the step-by-step method in which Mr. Zander presents musical ideas and cultivates a broad appreciation of classical music. The information presented is accurate.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Students may use this video as a model for their own outreach presentations. The lecture-presentation has a clear step-by-step structure. Students may follow Mr. Zanders' structure but substitute their own content. A teacher could facilitate the process for students by pointing out the structure and offering examples how different content could be substituted.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This site is easy to use.
Other Issues and Comments:
It might be useful to preview the video before showing it in a class. It may not resonate in all cases but Zander's engaging and motivational speaking style is sure to be an audience grabber.
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