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Day One Brainstorming Lists & Resources (2008)

Day One Brainstorming Lists & Resources (2008)

Notes/Lists from Our Day One Sessions

Included on this page:

  1. Learning Machine Characteristics
  2. How to Make Sure Learning will NOT happen:  (environment, goals, workshop/course design, format, communication styles, etc.)
  3. What was missing from our Learning Machines
  4. Characteristics of the Learning Environment of Day 1 of the Conference
  5. How to create a creative learning environment
  6. Recommended Resources

Learning Machine Characteristics

  • obstacles
  • discovery
  • communication
  • staying connected
  • continuous
  • technology
  • unexpected
  • transfer of learning
  • multiple ways
  • collaboration
  • should be fun
  • accidental
  • stimuli
  • opportunity
  • basics
  • pressure
  • synthesis
  • make it your own
  • learning styles
  • no right way
  • creativity
  • teacher learns
  • flexibility
  • take the challenge
  • inspiration
  • spark
  • non-linear
  • energy
  • soaring
  • curiosity
  • reflection
  • nature/organic
  • dynamic/not static
  • isolation
  • networking
  • battle
  • bureaucracy
  • power of limitation
  • conflicting advice
  • intuition
  • endless foundation

How to Make Sure Learning will NOT happen: (environment, goals, workshop/course design, format, communication styles, etc.)

  • punishment
  • complete dark
  • public humiliation
  • off the subject
  • sensory deprivation
  • lethargy
  • negativity
  • incompetence
  • mandatory
  • condescension
  • bureaucracy
  • big egos
  • high pressure
  • ban questions
  • impatience
  • yelling
  • too much testing
  • inconsistency
  • isolation
  • lack of respect
  • no windows, no chairs
  • anger
  • noise
  • unsafe environment
  • freezing/too hot
  • humorless
  • limited resources-equipment or faculty
  • boring
  • over-teach
  • manipulation
  • encourage-fear & timidity
  • form a committee
  • talking monotone
  • reform the curriculum
  • bad time for learning/sleepy time
  • physical harm or intimidation
  • overload
  • inaudibility
  • unclear expectations
  • lack of leadership
  • low expectations
  • bad smells
  • indifference
  • having just one learning style
  • no structure
  • ignore the students
  • stifling response
  • assume the wrong level
  • make it seem irrelevant
  • skipping steps
  • be stupid
  • favoritism
  • lack of empathy
  • lack of stated objectives
  • lock the room
  • controlling
  • teach in a language no one can understand
  • wishy-washy processes
  • squashing passions
  • politics
  • racism-prejudice
  • no bathrooms
  • make learning room inaccessible (handicapped)
  • no desks
  • distractions
  • ignore student backgrounds
  • teaching wrong information
  • bad textbook
  • waste time
  • unprepared teacher
  • raise tuition
  • inappropriate dress/language/behavior

What was missing from our Learning Machines:

  • change as a constant
  • mentors
  • empowerment
  • wherewithal
  • self-awareness
  • peer pressure
  • enthusiasm
  • persistence
  • self-acceptance
  • perspiration
  • fun
  • consequences
  • confidence
  • stress
  • recognition of trends
  • initiative
  • competence
  • health
  • planning
  • self-responsibility
  • reality-testing
  • focus
  • bad information
  • dreams
  • money
  • goals
  • access
  • mistakes
  • family influences
  • rising to high expectations
  • surprising learning, surprising outcome
  • learning from big mistakes
  • accepting “delayed” learning
  • emotional aspect of a “twist ending” to learning
  • internalization (learning technique, then applying)
  • re-education/re-building
  • unknown factors/extenuating circumstances
  • resilience
  • leaving space for the teaching moment to exist
  • super-charged learning environment
  • participatory
  • not controlling the outcome?
  • student collectives
  • humility
  • entrepreneurship
  • uninterrupted
  • defending
  • perspective
  • intelligence
  • technology will always be part of it
  • openness
  • outside the box
  • conflict competence
  • evaluation
  • action
  • counseling
  • failure
  • vision
  • acceptance
  • exploration
  • portfolio: put a lot of pieces together
  • desire
  • struggle
  • motivation
  • frustration
  • passion
  • pain
  • competition
  • uniqueness of each person’s learning
  • drive
  • choices
  • willingness to connect
  • limitation
  • imitation
  • depression
  • sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll
  • world wide web
  • sleep
  • youtube
  • vacation
  • validation
  • taking responsibility
  • end result
  • sage on a stage
  • realistic expectations
  • keeping the dream
  • exhibition of skill
  • randomness/messiness
  • expanded dream
  • multiple plans
  • “learning is inevitable”
  • faculty-text-curriculum

Characteristics of the Learning Environment of Day 1 of the Conference:

  • cooperative
  • unconventional introductions (with activities)
  • open
  • willingness
  • collaborative
  • informality
  • facing each other
  • (considerate participants, good listeners)
  • safe
  • tone- can speak up or raise hands, mutual in/competence
  • non-judgmental
  • conversational tone
  • John set the tone
  • tone was set pre-conference
  • well balanced structure/freedom
  • conducive to absorb information
  • building exercise was good
  • eager to learn
  • varied styles
  • contrast to “classroom”
  • participatory
  • non-lecture format

How to create a creative learning environment:

  • get students out of rows
  • do different activities- shake it up
  • tapping into students competencies
  • start with what’s working instead of what’s wrong
  • start with a “compost pile”?
  • explore the “opposition”/academic training vs. creativity
  • digest the rules, translate to suit your needs/get the point across
  • teach required material
  • seek like-minded, creative support
  • bridge traditional/creative learning
  • teach new learning methods other than conventional k-12 methods
  • recognize when “basics” are needed
  • give students a solid foundation
  • fill roles of nurturer, disciplinarian, mentor
  • student mentors
  • alternate between teacher/student and forum atmosphere
  • mutual respect
  • provide an opportunity for the student to “rise to the occasion”
  • provide an opportunity for a student to tap and showcase his/her passion, natural talent
  • “Day Without a Grade”
  • hold class outside of the classroom
  • peer review
  • revert to childhood style (play a lullaby)
  • combine disciplines (drama/music/technology)
  • BOTTOM LINE: start with goals, tweak the learning environment to achieve the learning goals

Recommended Resources

  • “Beyond Talent; Creating a Successful Career in Music” Beeching
  • “One Person/Multiple Careers - A New Model for Work/Life Success” by Marci Alboher
  • “Innovate like Edison” Michael Gelb
  • “The E-Myth” Gerber
  • “Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within.” Robert Quinn
  • “Now What?”- Laura Burnam Fortgang
  • “Making Music in Looking Glass Land”- Ellen Highstein
  • “Performing Artists Handbook” (out of print) Papalos
  • “Booking Performance Tours” Tony Micocci
  • “MySpace Music Marketing” Baker

Web resources:

  • Wesite creation for musicians: www.asoundstrategy.com
  • Digital Audio Distribution: MUSICJUSTMUSIC™ is a Worldwide Aggregator & Digital Distributor with offices in New York City & Munich, as well as multiple representations around the world. MJM distributes your catalog to 350 plus online & mobile music stores in 58 countries, reaching about 97% of the consumers buying music as downloads worldwide. Your content gets delivered through MJM’s state-of-the-art uploading software, the Music & Data Manager. MJM does the rest for you by direct feeds & completely automated operations, thereby ensuring a maximum quality of data, highest distribution speed & absolutely accurate accounting. MJM’s partners are the leaders of the digital revolution & many of the most important global entertainment players, lifestyle brands, Internet providers & mobile carriers. MJM stands for a fair & transparent new music business, offers special bonus plans for top-selling product & major artists, as well as providing a custom-tailored automated data transfer & data consolidation for large or wholesale accounts. MJM also provides Music Publishing & Licensing Services for selected artists & writers. MJM helps to bring their music into film, games, tv & serves music supervisors around the globe. http://www.musicjustmusic.com Your music everywhere !
  • FREE Arts news digest: www.ArtsJournal.com
  • Navigating Music Careers- www.ow/net.rice.edu/~navmusic/
  • Arts Entrepreneurship Educator's Network http://www.ae2n.net/
  • Music promotion resources:
    http://www.arielpublicity.com/ariel_
    publicity_site/AP_links.html#articles
  • The Composer’s 411 here:
    http://www.amc.net/resources/
    memberresources.asp.

Note: anyone who wants the Bibliography of what we have for music career-related books at New England Conservatory, Angela Beeching is happy to email this to you: abeeching@newenglandconservatory.edu

We have about 250 books and every year buy new stff and retire the no longer relevant stuff.

Music Career Guidebooks

  • Career Opportunities in the Music Industry. Field, Shelly. New York: Facts on File, 2000.
  • Composing a Life. Bateson, Mary Catherine. NY: Penguine Plume, 1989.
  • How to Be Your Own Booking Agent. Goldstein, Jeri. Charlottesville, VA: New Music Times,
  • Inc., 1998
  • Making Music in Looking Glass Land; A Guide to Survival and Business Skills for the Classical
  • Performer. Highstein, Ellen. Fourth edition, New York: CAG, 2003.
  • The Self-Promoting Musician. Spellman, Peter. Boston, Berklee Press, 2000.
  • Your Own Way in Music. Uscher, Nancy. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1990.

Music Career Advice online

  • www.MusicBizAcademy.com: for straight-talking advice on on-line self-promotion, recording, etc. www.knab.com: from music business consultant Chris Knab, great info on self-promotion, CDs, radioplay, etc.
  • www.mbsolutions.com: Music Business Solutions for resources, links, articles, newsletter, advice
  • www.menc.org: MENC the National Association for Music Education for careers in music: basic descriptive information on a wide range of professional options, plus job openings for music educators.

Career Guides (General)

  • Do What You Are. Tieger, Paul D., and Barbara Barron-Tieger. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1995.
  • I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was. Sher, Barbara. NY: Delacorte Press, 1994.
  • Transitions; Making Sense of Life’s Changes. Bridges, William. Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1980.
  • Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. Ibarra, Herminia. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2003.

Other resources are on our NETMCDO website