When I took composition last year, we spent most of my lessons just sitting there listening to music. And talking. Or really, my teacher talked, and I nodded and rarely got a word in. Which was fine with me–he knows a lot more than I do. And he’d stop in the middle of a sentence and start rooting around his office for “a piece I want you to listen to.” Or he’d send me to the library with a list, and have me come back with a pile of scores.
One piece he pulled out in one of our lessons was this double bass solo…it’s brilliant. Turns all kinds of expectations on its ear. (And this kid knocks it out of the park. He fails beautifully.:-) )