When learning a new piece:
Before playing a new piece on piano, clap three, finger three,
play three times. Identify same and different measures, like
students learned in kindergarten. Write down dynamic changes of a
-Arlyce Black, Littleton, Colorado
With each piece, briefly discuss its historical period.
To bring out more character and mood in a piece, have students
say or write five to 10 words that describe feelings they often
experience. Ask each student to describe the circumstances when
feeling these emotions. Then have them write some of these words in
the score where they seem to apply.
-Submitted by Manabu Takasawa, Kingston, Rhode Island
Pay attention to the title of the piece. Try to make a story or
picture to go with the music.
-Submitted by Aurora Emdjian, North Providence, Rhode
Learning a new piece means more if the student understands the
title, the words and how the music tells a story. Beginning with
even the shortest of pieces-analyze it for repeated patterns,
always sing the words and always discuss the composer.
-Music Learning Center, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio
Imagine that your piece is the soundtrack to a movie. What scene
does each section of the piece accompany? What characters, colors
and emotions are happening on the screen? How does the movie evolve
as the music changes? Imagine all possible related arts and listen
to the music come alive.
-Submitted by Elizabeth Baxter, NCTM, Farmington Hills,