Teaching & Learning
I find teaching, learning, and performing to be different aspects of the same thing – artistic communication. I learn by teaching, I teach by performing, and perform what I learn whether in a classroom, on paper, or in front of an audience. For example, if I am teaching a harp lesson, I learn from the student the best way to get the musical results both of us seek. If I am working with a student to create a story, I use my ethnographic skills to help the student find the right words to make that story come alive. If I am performing in a musical event or a story program the audience teaches me the nuances of what they are hearing and if they are learning anything, allowing me to put into action what I am observing as I observe it! Observation certainly plays a major role here, but so do comments and questions from an audience, whether they're five or seventy-five!