This post was written for my Bibliography & Research in Music (MUTH 65200) course at Ithaca College. I will be posting eight reflections from the class here throughout the course of the semester. You can find the other posts under the category Bib Class Reflections.
The four readings for our blog this week all have to do with personal relationships to reading and writing. And because they are grouped together for this assignment, I think our instructor is hinting at their relationship to each other.
Reading and writing is inextricably linked to each other, and inextricably liked to our lives. It is safe to say that no matter what field we journey into, reading and writing will be a part of it.
As someone who wants to teach, research, and perform I know that continual learning will be a big part of my process. I will need to stay up to date on matters of performance practice, music history, music theory, pedagogy, human learning, and business. I need to read those resources well to glean their meaning, evaluate their relevance, and to respond intelligently. Part of the continual learning process is also documenting what I do, critically reflect on my own actions, edit my work, and put a stake in the ground that indicates my understanding and insights via writing.
Much like I need to build skills in order to play my violin well in order to perform and teach, I need to build skills in reading and wiring in order to read and write well in order to perform, teach and do research. [Read more…]