Musicosophia: Listening as a Necessary Part of Intercultural Dialogue

Applied ICDEscuela Internacional de Musicosophia, in Germany, trains people to listen deeply to classical music. They have suggested that their training may well be relevant to intercultural dialogue, and have shared steps and a meditation video with CID.

The 2020 CID Video Competition asked students to focus on listening, as listening is how intercultural dialogue starts. Listening is what happens when people stop focusing on what they say or do, and start attending to what someone else is saying or doing. Without listening, there can be no intercultural dialogue.

Putting these two together suggests that spending a little time learning to listen carefully to classical music might be useful training for engaging in intercultural dialogue. First, read the steps. Then, view the videotape by clicking on the image above. Try it and let us know what you think.