8 Questions from 8 Perspectives
These are 8 questions to address the inside & outside views of each of our 4 zones. They are general questions which can be asked of any given moment/event. I will often run down the list mentally after an event or memory, or consider them in a general sense, about being a musicianer. I’ve also found this to be a powerful method for teaching and parenting improvement.
For each of the 4 main domains of experience [understanding, techniques, interactions, technology], we are asking a question from the inside and outside view. The inside view is the internal experience of an event happening. The outside view is looking at this experience from an objective space. These questions are adaptated from Integral Methodological Pluralism.
Our job is to ask the right questions for each for perspective. Personally, I find it challenging to ask the right questions for the inside of techniques and technology [insides of outsides].
All of these views have corresponding actions which can be taken. We turn the gem.
This is mind. A phenomenal and invisible world.
1. Inside: How do I feel/think when I make music?
2. Outside: What do I understand about making music?
This is body. Physical actuating which produces sonic events.
3. Inside: How easy/difficult is it for me to play music?
4. Outside: Is my current technical level working?
This is shared agreements and felt meaning with others.
5. Inside: What does it feel like to play music with others?
6. Outside: When I play music with others, is it good/meaningful/appropriate?
This is our gear and the roads which gets us there.
7. Inside: What technology/instruments work best for me?
8. Outside: When I use technology/an instrument, is it working?
This is a developing idea for me as a teacher and student of music and life. I’ve found that by switching views [by looking and asking questions], my overall synthesis and experience deepens.
These questions can also be asked in 2nd person, where we are trying to understand these perspectives through another person’s experience [cognition].