“There is comfort in rituals, and rituals provide a framework for stability when you are trying to find answers.” Deborah Norville
I recently conducted a two-day class on How to Design Accelerated Learning Programs. It reminded me of the importance of rituals, something that the participants can anticipate will be repeated. And it got me thinking about what constituted a ritual. Here are my thoughts:
- At the beginning of a program, I use a Koosh toss to have participants introduce themselves. At the end of every day, I use a Koosh toss to have participants report out their key takeaways.
- I repeat a key concept throughout the day by asking the participants to explain it.
- Once I’ve taught
I suppose I should begin by saying that I use a Mac computer and laptop, which may make it somewhat easier to create playlists using iTunes. Those of you on PCs will have to let me know if you have access to iTunes. I hope you do!
With iTunes, all you do is insert a music CD, have iTunes get the track names and create a Smart Playlist by the artist or by the album name.
All of the tracks then become part of the general library as well as the relevant genre library, such as jazz, classical, country, easy listening, folk, R&B, pop, new age, rock, world, blues, holiday, or soundtrack.
To create a playlist, you just drag all … Read the rest
Music can be used so many different ways during a training program. The following is a medley of practices and thoughts on the subject:
I enjoy playing upbeat, happy music to welcome participants into the training room.
Once the training begins, I like to play calming classical music (the Lind Institute’s “Classical Melodies”) at a subliminal level to produce a relaxed feeling.
It is fun to have a variety of different up tempo music to play at breaks. Oldies from the fifties, sixties and seventies tend to get most folks’ feet tapping, regardless of their age. The idea is to play the music just loud enough to change the energy in the room, but not so loud that participants are … Read the rest
In Training With a Beat: The Teaching Power of Music, Lenn Millbower makes a strong case for the connection between music, emotional intelligence, and success. The following is either adapted or directly quoted from his book.
It has been found that the left hemisphere of the brain is predominantly logical and analytical, processing ideas sequentially in a linear fashion. The right hemisphere is more emotional and intuitive, processing ideas holistically, in concepts and metaphors. According to Jane Healy, in Endangered Minds: Why Children Don’t Think and What We Can Do About It: “The trick in a well-functioning brain is to mix and match the abilities of the two hemispheres so that the most adaptive processing style is … Read the rest
The following music enhances the brain’s capability for imagery and creativity. The items in bold print I believe can be used without copyright concern. We discussed the Lind Institute last week. All of this music is lovely, but I particularly enjoy the melodious new age music of Max Highstein and Rob Whitesides-Woo from Serenity (#12).
- Music for Imaging Music by Smetana, Debussy, Beethoven, Strauss and Others The Lind Institute (1-800-462-3766)
- Steven Halpern and Daniel Kobialka Recollections: New Music for Piano and Violin 1983 Halpern Sounds
- Mike Rowland: The Fairy Ring Music Design, Inc.
- Kitaro: Silk Road and Kitaro Ki Canyon Records
- 5. Steve Halpern: Spectrum Suite
- Debussy: La Mer, Prelude A, L’Apres-Midi D’un Faune, Danses Sacre et Profane
- Holst: The
We have all experienced how music can change our mood, calm us down or pep us up. A number of years ago, I experienced how music can be used to maximize learning. I had arrived in the early hours of the morning, after a very long and stressful drive. I got very little sleep before I had to register at 7:30 a.m. for the first day of a three-day an accelerated learning program. The program was held in a hotel and the group was kept together all day, even during meals.
Usually, the triple impact of lack of sleep, florescent lighting, and hotel air, would generate a headache and fatigue. And, although I am relatively social, having no time alone … Read the rest