You make music, that is, ;you musick, ;when you choose to listen
to sound for the sheer joy of it. In what ways are you a music maker,
What is your solo listening life like?
Do you ever listen with no purpose in mind but
to let the music fill your world? When do you
listen to music? Where? For what reasons?
What is your sound making solo musicking
like&emdash;how do you join in? When you are by
yourself, do you sing along with records or
radio at home? in the car? in the shower? Do you
whistle? Do you drum along with records--or as
you walk along?
What about individual activities that include
musicking made by listening? Do you use music
when studying? cleaning house? running? working
out? How does musicking contribute to these
activities for you? Do you join with the
music&emdash;by singing along or drumming? Do
you join the music by linking your movement to
the music? Does the music empower what you are
Do you sing along when you are with
friends? When? Where? What kind of music?
Does any group important to you ever use
music together&emdash;a group of close friends,
a team, a crowd watching an event, a church
service? What kind of music? What effect does
the music have?
Do you dance? When? Where? With one other
person or in a group? What kind(s) of music?
Do you now sing in a choir? Have you
ever? Do you sing or play an instrument? Do you
play alone? with others? for your own enjoyment?
for others' enjoyment? professionally? Have you
ever studied an instrument or voice? Before this
class, have you ever made up your own music?
Using these questions as a point of departure,
write a brief (2-3 typed pages) essay describing
your experience as a musicker. You do NOT have to
answer all the question&emdash;they are points of
departure. If you have other musicking activities
in your life, bring those into the discussion.
Organize the essay around the music making--by
listening and/or joining in-- that means the most
to you and/or that contributes the most to your