My First-Year Students are currently in a rotation on non-Western music, South Indian music specifically. They have just finished their first reflections on the experience. Some have found the concept of a guru fascinating, either for the closely intense relationship shared between teacher and student or for the use of oral transmission in the teaching of this music. Other students appreciated the differences between the aesthetics of Indian music and Western music.
I'm pleased with their first efforts at reflective writing. I need to think of a way to encourage more re-writing, whether within their blog or in full-fledged academic papers. The final project is to create a portfolio of their best writings from the semester. The final project will require multiple drafts, but I want them to get in the practice of this early on.