SEA... why it matters:
unity of experience
insight into how music has its effect

state of music theory, especially for modern music:
◦ very abstract, almost entirely pitch-centered
◦ removed from the actual sound of the music (in some cases, especially for modern music)
◦ alienates students

SEA... what can it mean, contribute?

allows one to penetrate what one does not yet understand
allows students to trust their own experience, honors their inherent musicality
accustoms listeners to ask questions of a basic nature, gain entry into processes at work
accustoms students to the reality that all is change
lessens fear of the new
opens mind for non-judgmental reception of all kinds of music