HEAR the Music!
I would like to borrow a famous quote from Dr. Wayne Dyer: If you change the way you see things, the things you see change. Now to put a musical twist on that: "If you change the way you
HEAR things, the things you HEAR will change!" I think most students approach their music simply as the process of learning a long sequence of dots on a page that somehow get transmitted onto
the piano keys, hopefully at the right time. It's important to remember; however, that composers compose not because they're bored, but because they are inspired by life! Take a moment to
imagine what may have been the inspiration. What emotion lies behind all those seemingly random black and white dots. Is there anger, fear, hope, love, despair, sadness, joy? HEAR
the emotion in the music.
If the title of your piece happens to be something generic like "Sonatina" or "Minuet" which simply is a term for a particular form, remember that most composers also wrote music for orchestras
and other instruments! Composers knew what violins sounded like, and flutes and french horns, etc. Imagine different instruments playing different parts of your piece, whether it's the
melody or accompaniment, a B section or a climactic moment. If you play your piece imagining how it would sound on different instruments, I guarantee you will begin to HEAR your music
differently! And when you begin to HEAR your music in this way, the music will come to life and you will experience it in a whole new way!
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