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Listening to patterns in music and story

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In the music workshop, we asked the participants to draw the pattern of the very different kinds of music we played them – and also to think about the emotions that each piece made them think of. The results were most interesting.

We then asked them to listen to stories and hear the patterns there. Using a specific story about a boy who could run. We mapped the outline of the story with peaks of drama, level parts that were mainly description, highs and lows of emotion and so on.

It worked in two ways – increasing listening and concentration and also creating a visual record of the story.