l.n. Conference is an annual colloquium on Music Pedagogy, which is held in the Royal Irish Academy of Music to promote discussion and disseminate new and innovative ideas about the teaching and learning of music.
The theme for this year’s conference was: “Breathe!”. The aim was to bring music educators to a space where they could share, reflect and communicate innovative ideas on teaching and learning. In this article we will reflect on the meaning of this theme and how it played out at the t.l.n. Conference 2017.
Breathe is the title of a provocative and lively Ted Talk that was given by Kevin Rose (USA) on 21st October, 2015. The title, Breathe, is taken from the first six words of his speech which is as follows: “The secret to creativity is being curious enough to ask questions, curious enough to refuse to be right, curious enough to trust your subconscious and the creativity that resides there”.
Kevin Rose is a professional performer, producer, speaker and author. He is the founder of the GRAMMY (Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum award-winning music technology company, Grammies.com) and the creator of the online service, Art of the Track. He is also the host of a radio show on Radio Free Thinkers, where he discusses the problems in society and social justice with his panel of guests.
Kevin Rose’s talk (see TED video link below) has been covered on several occasions by the press. At the time of writing, the talk has received almost 2.5 million views and approximately 1.6 million people have shared the talk on Twitter.
The meaning of the title ‘breathe’
What is fascinating about the title of Kevin Rose’s talk is that he opens it with the word, “breathe”. In English, the word breathe (breath) has a number of meanings, but in this context it is used as a verb in the sense of: ‘to take breath’. In this way, the message in his speech is about the importance of taking in ideas and then putting them into practice.
Breathe can also be used in the sense of: ‘take in’. This sense of ‘breathe’ is more abstract and less specific. It is used to mean: ‘to receive, absorb or accept ideas’. This is the sense that is used in the title of the conference – to encourage the music educators to ‘breathe in’ the ideas that are being shared by the other conference delegates.
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