The YouTube video "Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen" is a lecture presentation by percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Ms. Glennie demonstrates the interpretive process in preparing a musical performance as well as her approach to eliciting a deep listening experience from her audiences. Ms. Glennie also discusses her personal journey in developing her musical talent.
Type of Material:
A TED video presentation.
This video is recommended for students who are developing and preparing outreach music programs. All music students and music therapy students should familiarize themselves with this viewpoint of listening and experiencing music.
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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 the purpose and value of music.
Target Student Population:
College level music, music therapy and music humanities students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No pre-requisites needed to understand or use this video.
The strength of this video is in the demonstration of strong musicianship with a clear and engaging message. 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 three-part structure. Students may follow Ms. Glennie's 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. Another learning point would be to study Ms. Glennie's approach to engaging her audience and evaluating her teaching style. The video may be used as a standard for students to evaluate their own outreach programs. Again a teacher may facilitate students evaluation process by presenting a check list of learning goals realized in the Glennie video as standard for students to evaluate their own presentations. Finally, a teacher may use the lecture-presentation as a point of departure in classroom discussions on the value and purpose of music.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This video is easy to use.
Other Issues and Comments:
This video may be coupled with an open letter to musicians that Ms. Glennie has posted on her website at http://www.evelyn.co.uk/Resources/Essays/Open%20Letter%20to%20Music%20Professionals.pdf. This document further explains Ms. Glennie's approach to audience development and her values and aesthetics.
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