What is Knowledge
You may have heard someone say before that knowledge is power. But what is knowledge? Knowledge is the information and skills that you are constantly collecting as you learn new things. Most experiences in life are learning experiences meaning that you can learn something new from them and hold on to that information to use again later.
Where Do We Learn
One place you are already practicing collecting knowledge is at school. Think about all the ways your teachers help you learn. You read books, watch informational videos, listen to lectures, write assignments, do worksheets, and work in groups to learn new information.
Practice What You Learn
As you practice what you have learned, you develop a deeper understanding being around someone who knows more than you about a certain topic like a teacher means they can share their knowledge with you and you can learn from them. Teachers often pick up new ideas and learn from students too.
Learning from People
Surrounding yourself with people who know more than you is a great way to find new learning opportunities. Knowledge is power and we all are able to access that power but it’s important to be humble and patient. It takes your entire life to learn everything you will ever know and even then you won’t know everything about everything.
Patience and Humility
Through learning music not only do we gain knowledge related to music but we can also learn an important lesson about patience and humility. Every week we have to practice and challenge ourselves and understand that if we only do what we already know we won’t learn anything and advance our skills, even though it’s fun to play things we know. Even if learning new things can feel frustrating because it challenges our ego struggle, it is important to overcome challenges because it’s an effective way to gain knowledge.
The more you seek out learning experiences and commit to growing your knowledge the more you can use your knowledge to help yourself and others. This week think of someone in your life who knows more than you about something and asks them to teach you something new then switch roles and teach them something that you know a lot about. Come back and tell your teacher what you learned.
The Little School of Music Leadership Program introduces monthly principles to enhance the life lessons, leadership skills, and character development experienced in music education. This is at the core of our program as we use music and learning to play an instrument as the tool. Each month a short introductory video on the monthly leadership principle will be shared with parents, students, and teachers to watch at home. We encourage students to extend what they learn to other parts of their life including at school, at home, and especially among their peers.