like Koans that I can use for an upcoming book. I is still in the very early stages, but I am writing a drum method book. Its going to be my Masters Thesis (I'm getting a Masters of Education)
I have found music to be a great forum for self exploration, and I want to have this be the foundation of the book, although perhaps not explicitly. Furthermore, I've found that what people refer to as 'talent' largely does not reflect some innate god-given ability, but rather reflects how the talented students go about learning and performing. Thus, if I can set up a method that provides a forum for self exploration, I can get the students to reassess how they go about making decisions for themselves, and thus turn non-talented studetns into talented ones. I've had a fair amount of success with this approach in my teaching, but I've only been explicitly doing it for a year, so I have a lot to learn.
Anyway, music music method books concentrate only on notes, which, to me, is like meditating concentrating only on the syllables of a chant. Other music books, like "The Inner Game Of Music" (based loosely on Zen) and fantastically valuable and are wholly story form.
I'd like to mix the two, with a koan-like approach. ATM, I'm conceptualizing a short story, riddle, joke etc that frames the chapter / section. If anyone has any story they particularly like, or collections, or questions **or criticisms**, please post them!
Some categories are
* The importance of taking your time to do things
* Not to force things
* We do things we are interested in
* We do thinks that make sense to us
* We succeed at the things we understand, not at the things we don't
* Getting better at something is not a matter of doing, it is a matter of learning
* Things take time to develop, and its different for everyone
* Each person's way is different
this is by no means a comprehensive list - on the contrary I'm certain I'm missing some important categories at the moment. This is just meant to give more of an idea - thanks!