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"The Listening Dyad": Teaching Demo at NETMCDO Conference

  • NECMCDO at Manhattan School of Music 130 Claremont Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

The Listening Dyad: A tool for discovering and defining your authentic voice 

This session uses listening dyads (structured, paired discussions in which participant exchange the roles of dedicated listener and speaker) to uncover, define and articulate the essence of our personal, artistic and professional stories. In pairs, participants will first take turns responding to a series of prompts that elicit the key experiences, values, relationships and goals that shape them as artists and people; then mirror one another’s responses to identify what matters most — the “nut graf” that distills a story to its essence. Participants who complete this session will learn a powerful tool for focused listening and storytelling that can be used to engage audiences, craft compelling communications (marketing materials, mission statements, personal essays, pitches, speeches) while, at the same time, building inclusive communities in the classroom.