Deep Listening (250 words)

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Deep Listening:

One

There is nothing like listening to jazz with my son. Now that he is a player he has learned to listen past the front man.  After years of only seeing the performance of the swinging horn that pulls the crowd up he now listens for the bassline and watches how the rhythm lays down a structure for the horn to climb then supports the riffs of improvisation into new material with a predictable beat and surprising syncopation that fuels the next solo.

We talk about the silent understand the musicians must have, the ability to invent and grow while never loosing that form, their uncanny ability to be feed off  and contribute to the music around them.

This is a great time to be a dad.

Two

There is nothing like watching a lesson presented by a classroom maestro with a kindred spirit.  Listening past the lyrical and artistic chart paper to see the subtle dance around the room the douses fires that have yet to spark.  Listening to the baseline of targets that lays down a structure for the learners to climb then supports the riffs of improvisation into new material with a predictable mindset that fuels the next question.

We talk about silent understand the teacher must have, the ability to invent and grow while never loosing that target, their uncanny ability to be feed off and contribute to the learning going on around them.

This is a great time to be an Instructional coach.

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