Listening & Learning: April

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Listening & Learning

By continuing to provide musical suggestions for AU students (and really anyone who likes music), we like to think that just maybe we’re helping take your studying to the next level.

Here’s a recap of what we’ve brought you since launching the L&L department. Enjoy!

Listening & Learning: JanuaryMozart Listening and Learning Athabasca University Music for Studying

January’s Listening & Learning featured composers Mozart and Chopin. We discussed ‘The Mozart Effect,’ which is a theory that basically says music can help stimulate the mind, or even expand the brain itself—a very interesting theory, indeed.

Listening & Learning: FebruaryMiles Davis Listening & Learning Athabasca University Music for Studying

February’s Listening & Learning featured Miles Davis, the Gerry Mulligan Quartet and Chet Baker. In that issue, AU History and Humanities Professor Dr. David Gregory discussed how jazz music’s origins are rooted in black history and culture. So, it was fitting that during Black History Month, jazz legends such as Miles Davis and Chet Baker provided the soundtrack for your February studying.

Listening & Learning: March

Ambient 1: Music for Airports

In March, we talked about ambient music and how the sparsity of “spacious, electronic music that is concerned with sonic texture, not songwriting or composing” can help with your studying. Albums such as the original soundtrack to The Social Network, or Brian Eno’s Music for Airports, provide a safe middle-zone of listening and learning for people who find that music is a distraction to their studying atmosphere.

Coming next month…

AU tutor Dr. Kevin Wittingham discusses duets for violin and organ, and the Athabasca University Library’s music databases.