Finding the Blue Note: A Metaphor for the Practice of Teaching

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Fall 2006


The article discusses the comparisons between the process and teaching of developing curriculum with blues music and musicians. The distinction between the source and usefulness of emergent metaphors and ascribed metaphors is suggested. The purpose of the study is to look at the nature and adequacy of the metaphors and how teachers use them and are shaped by them. The similarity of the jazz musician to interpret and improve a chord sequence with that of a teacher developing preferences and making choices with a proposed curricula is explained.