Victor Wooten: Music as a Language

‘Music is a powerful communication tool–it causes us to laugh, cry, think and question. Bassist and five-time Grammy winner, Victor Wooten, asks us to approach music the same way we learn verbal language–by embracing mistakes and playing as often as possible.’ –

I absolutely love this! I feel the need to transcribe it though, so I can really take in what he’s saying without being distracted by the wonder of Victor’s rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’. These ideas aren’t as new as they seem, as similar concepts can be seen in the works of Dalcroze and Kodály, as discussed in the section on my dissertation. It does, however, provide a truly amazing approach to learning and teaching which I believe is not emphasised enough in the world of music education.


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