There comes a moment, when we leave home, go to school, go to college, go to work, when we realize that everyone is not like us. As similar as we all are (and we are), we’ve all probably had that moment of realization: they don’t learn the way I do.
I had a gig recently, as many gigs are, with people from a variety of backgrounds and learning processes. Not everyone read music, not everyone had the same training. Yet I think it’s more common that we’re willing to admit, that in any given professional field, we expect everyone to some of not all of the same training.
Not everyone processes the information the same way. Some people are visual, some are aural learners. How do you measure their abilities? By how they learn?
I’m reminded of an analogy given: learning is like climbing a mountain. There are many paths you can take. And people can argue over which method is best, but if we’re all teaching the same result, aren’t the different paths valid?
I’m thinking of performing music primarily. Some people read it, some don’t; some people train in schools while others pick it up on the job. While different approaches leaves something to be desired by some, there does not seem to be one right way of climbing the mountain.