Seth Barendse on sat 22 sep 01
I am a student and a private teacher.I have found that I agree with my
teachers ,music regulations.You may listen to your headsets as long as you
were working and the noise was not bothering the person next to you. Take a
vote from each class to see if they would want music or not. Half of the
time they decide that headphones are better. If they want music that day
they turn on their headphones, and if they don't want to listen to music.
well! It seems to leave it on a more personal preference.
I do not believe that classical music is the only form of music that can be
inspiring. I my self listen to all types of music. It depends on the piece
and meaning behind it. If I am making a soft, loving, gentle piece I listen
to classical or Dave Mathews. If the piece has an aggressive, painful,
hurtful, Or hard feeling to it then I choose to listen to something a little
more up beat such as rock or Metalica or Bush. And so on and so forth.
Lets not forget that music is one of the strongest forces in the world.
It has the power to change your mood,or thoughts, and I believe it can help
make or break a piece depending on if you chose the right type of tunes for
that particular piece
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Barbara Reeley on sat 22 sep 01
Before classes I put on a classical music station or a classical CD, 90% of
the time clay work goes really well, occassionally someone will ask to put on
something else, if it is headbanging music I notice movement in the studio
shadows the music and work is interrupted, there is more chatter. My
observations. Soon, Barbara
Wood Jeanne on sat 22 sep 01
I notice similar behaviors Barbara,
In my classes of kids with behavioral disturbances if
they are on task and they request, I put on the music
of their choice. However, it's easy to tell when they
are really focused if I play the classical station and
they continue to work rather than complain.
--- Barbara Reeley wrote:
> Before classes I put on a classical music station or
> a classical CD, 90% of
> the time clay work goes really well, occassionally
> someone will ask to put on
> something else, if it is headbanging music I notice
> movement in the studio
> shadows the music and work is interrupted, there is
> more chatter. My
> observations. Soon, Barbara
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Jocelyn McAuley on sat 22 sep 01
I'm rather tired of the pushing of classical music as the "official
inspirational music" for artists. I doubt any one will have one form of
music that can appease an entire class room.
Music, *all* types, can be uplifting, disruptive, invigorating... I think
we get the picture. :)
If music is to be shared in a class setting, survey the class to get a
fair representation of what interests lie before you. Perhaps this is the
moment to discover that your students' acid jazz really tweeks your
process. Maybe you will find that there really are several different
types of rap. There also is the possibility that silence is golden.
- who thinks chatter in a class can be a great thing for the students!
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vince pitelka on sat 22 sep 01
> I'm rather tired of the pushing of classical music as the "official
> inspirational music" for artists. I doubt any one will have one form of
> music that can appease an entire class.
Thanks Jocelyn. I agree wholeheartedly. In my experience, most students
resent it when we impose classical music upon them, so I do not do this,
ever. I want to see them broaden their tastes in music, but I am not
willing to let their ceramic work suffer to attain that goal.
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Lee Love on sun 23 sep 01
At the Shogotoba (workshop) usually, at one end, Fukuyan (the retired
Forman) and Mitsuyan (current Forman) have two different stations on their
radios going. Usually, either a telephone call-in show or Japanese pop music.
I didn't ask if it was okay, but the morning after the attacks, I listened to
AFN on the radio for news in English from home, using one earplug from my
Walkman (so I could here what other folks in the workshop were doing.)
Helped me settle down.
Lee In Mashiko, Japan.
flyifr on sun 23 sep 01
My husband was a high school (and college art teacher) for 30 years. He
found that by
giving the students music choices, they were willing to listen to lots
of kinds of music.
For example...different students choose the style of music on each
day...there were days
when no music played because that was the choice of the day.
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Janet Kaiser on sun 23 sep 01
We usually play carefully chosen classical music during
classes, because it is non-intrusive for most people,
even those who are into rap, jazz, rock, etc. Other
tapes/CDs we find good are the "earth noise" types
which are often played in meditation or alternative
therapy sessions... whale songs, ocean waves on the
shore, etc. not man-made music at all. We avoid radio,
because the news, commentaries, etc. distract too much
We find that quick tempos and beats are not good during
slow, thoughtful work phases, but great for those
quick sketches, short poses (life drawing) and clearing
On the whole we have found those "easy listening"
tracks a la Richard Clayderman and the likes are not
well received by any age group. And really that is the
key to the whole question: AGE...
Are you going to have the "in" noise for whatever age
group, or are you going to be subtle about it?
Simply put: slow music/sound/noise = quiet,
contemplative, slow, thoughtful work. On the other
hand, fast music/sound/noise = active, fast, vigorous,
frenetic actions, behaviour and work. Because most
canned music just becomes background noise at some
point, this psychological influence and manipulation
can be quite profound.
In a very noisy world/life, some people find quietness
and stillness very therapeutic and helpful, yet others
find it debilitating and strange.
Because everyone thinks they have a personal
preference, it is a challenge to find something which
will suit everyone. Of course, the sound/noise should
be turned off when teaching is in progress... Every
tutor needs 100% attention rather than becoming just
another background noise.
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