TOK Presentation Planning Document
Group members: Evan and Stig
Estimated Timing of Pres
Topic (why is it significant?): How/to what extent music has become its own language, beyond the literal language of music notation.
1. What is the real life situation under consideration?
Music being used as a form of communication between people.
2. What is the TOK knowledge issue(s) (questions) that will be the focus of your presentation?
To what extent is music a language?
How does music affect our emotions and different for other cultures?
3. Write a summary in note form (like a bulleted list) of the way you plan to deal with the knowledge issue(s)/questions during your presentation. Provide approximate TIME and be specific about TOOLS, EXAMPLES and WHO is doing what. Think about the criteria:
a. How will you identify the knowledge issue(s)?
b. How will you show your personal perspective?
Contribute our own thoughts about certain words that sound unpleasant or pleasant to us
Give examples of how we sometimes use music to express our thoughts or emotions to others, either in the music we listen to or in music we have made
c. How will you make connections to other Ways of Knowing or Areas of Knowledge?
Link to sense perception
What do the words sound like?
How does the word’s structure affect its impression (length, letters, sight of it printed)
Which tones elicit which emotions/reactions from people
d. How will you examine the knowledge claims and possible counterclaims (i.e different perspectives)? Tip: ask yourself, what would someone who disagrees with the claim say, and what reasons would he give? What about someone from a different culture, age group, religion, class, educational background?
What we could do is actually find people with opposing opinions. By doing this we get a broader perspective on how people interpret words. By having this information we can also see what other things may affect there opinions. Things like culture, ethinicity, ect play a major role on how we interpret language. If we don’t have people available we can simply look at how certain people use language and we can then make assumptions. Though assumptions are never really a strong source.
We will have to examine how different cultures may affect the way the people from those cultures interpret music. We could also examine how different cultures can attribute to the music that the people that come from them idolize and use to express themselves most.
e. How will you examine the implications of knowledge?
We can examine the implications of the knowledge of word aversion through many means. One way is we can have a product name two different things, one named more attractive, while the other not so much. We can then see which people would be more inclined in buying. By doing this we can prove our point of word aversion and how we prefer certain words to describe things over others. Though people are different and may interpret some words differently.
f. If there is bias, how will you examine that? What about assumptions and presuppositions?
Personal experience with words
We’ll examine non-offensive and offensive words
People from different cultures could perceive music differently, i.e. people from different backgrounds could react differently and/or see a different meaning in a song.
Type of Presentation: (list all that will apply)
Items you will need (e.d handouts, costumes, script, projector):