“Sound and Listening are intimately connected with the passing of time and therefore with how time is spent, how life is lived.”
– Hildegard Westerkamp
Discussion questions for Highschool/College Students:
Before you listen:
- How are music and nature related?
- Can you recall your most distinctive sound memory?
After you listen:
- How did this audio piece change how you think about music?
- Did it change how you think about nature?
- Did it change how you view the role of a musician?
- Are there any concepts, people, or pieces of music you are curious to look up?
- Do you think about listening in a new way? If so, how do you think you can become a better listener, and why is that important?
- What sounds do you want to preserve?
- If you are a musician how do you think you can use your talents to make an impact?
- Describe how music relates to sustainability, both environmentally and culturally.
- If you are not a musician how do your interests, talents, and craft relate to nature? How can you use these to move towards a better future for humans and the environment?
–The Book of Music and Nature: An Anthology of Sounds, Words, Thoughts by David Rothenberg
–Music and the Skillful Listener: American Women Compose the Natural World by Denise Von Glahn
–Current Directions in Ecomusicoloty: Music, Culture, Nature editors Aaron S. Allen and Kevin Dawe
–The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places by Bernie Krause
– http://sustainablemusic.blogspot.com/ Blog by Jeff Todd Titon
– http://www.ecomusicology.info/resources/ecomusicology-review/ Ecomusicology Newsletter
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