2016 FSU Undergraduate Music Research Symposium – Facilitated by Emily Ruth Allen

Learning is a crucial part of the human experience. As someone who is constantly processing information, I share my learning strategies with students to help them understand the knowledge that is housed within a given course, or, if you will, co-learn with them. A professional learner, I am always asking questions of myself and my students. I especially ask this question in my classroom—how can we understand something better?

In this co-learning process my students must engage with the course material and determine their strengths and weaknesses. For instance, someone might be good at listening but not writing. Or, a vocalist might be able to describe what he or she hears in songs better than instrumental works. In other words, the students must constantly reflect on their strengths and weakness to best determine how to grasp concepts—i.e., learn how to best learn.

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