Day 1 Homework

EVEN THOUGH WE DISCUSSED THIS ASSIGNMENT IN CLASS, BE SURE TO READ THE POST FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, ESPECIALLY THE PS AT THE END.

Mistakes are a huge part of our life - for many they can earn particular focus as we strive to be better in so many ways. What if there were no mistakes, though? Sound like magical thinking? Watch this presentation by American jazz vibraphonist, Stefon Harris.

He gave this talk at TED conference in 2011 and his take on mistakes on the bandstand, I believe, applies to our work here. In fact, I think he has an important message to take with you outside of our class.

Watch the video and then come back here and leave a comment about it. (See the PS below to help guide you if you're stumped for what to say). The video is 13 minutes, which is about as long as 80-100 snapchats, so get comfortable, turn the volume up, and pay attention.

Tomorrow we'll talk more about what Stefon has to say and especially more about what you have to say about mistakes.

Go to Stefon Harris' Ted Talk

 

PS: follow up, to help guide the comments into richer territory - 

How do you respond to mistakes? I'm curious about a response you felt good about later on, and a response you didn't feel good about. You could also think of these as "helpful" and "unhelpful" responses to mistakes.