There is a great video from bassist Victor Wooten where he talks about music as a language (you can watch the video here). There is certainly nothing new about likening music to a language. Poets, writers and authors have been doing so for some time now…
“Music is the universal language of mankind.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.”
“Music is well said to be the speech of angels.”
The idea of music as a language has taken on an increased focus in my life ever since I came to work with Little Kids Rock through my job at Amp Up NYC about a year ago. At Little Kids Rock (LKR), their pedagogy is based upon the idea of treating music as asecond language. The basis of LKR’s pedagogy was developed by founder Dave Wish, a former first-grade, ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher.