EXAMPLES OF "HEARING WITH YOUR
Everyone can make simple observations, but what do these
observations tell you about the music??? Learn to HEAR WITH
YOUR EYES. Below are some examples of simple observations
and then the same information and what it might mean to the
music. Always try to go deeper and analyze what you see,
then draw conclusions about what it might sound like. You
might be wrong in that particular situation, but that's OK -
you are thinking and making predictions!! (All of these
examples are by students.)
1- SIMPLE OBSERVATION: It has lots of dynamics in
OBSERVATION WITH CONCLUSION: In the middle of the
piece it must be an important part because the dynamics are
mostly forte and fortissimo.
OBSERVATION WITH CONCLUSION: The dynamics vary a
lot which means it might be very dramatic.
2- SIMPLE OBSERVATION: It has a good ending.
[What does, "good" mean??]
OBSERVATION WITH CONCLUSION: "It looks like a bold
finish because of the articulations."
3- SIMPLE OBSERVATION: There are lots of
OBSERVATION WITH CONCLUSION: I think that the
piece will sound light & happy because almost all of the
notes are marked staccato and I don't think it is in a minor
4- SIMPLE OBSERVATION: We have the melody at the
OBSERVATION WITH CONCLUSION: At the beginning of
the piece it looks like flutes are playing the melody, then
at A it looks as if we break off and start playing harmony.
So maybe in the beginning everyone introduces the melody,
then at A some players start playing harmonies or just
embellish the piece.
5- (In a piece titled, "Shenanigans" which means
SIMPLE OBSERVATION: It has lots of
OBSERVATION WITH CONCLUSION: There are many
accidentals. This means that it probably sounds more uneven
and funny, not even & serious.
6- SIMPLE OBSERVATION: We have lots of rests.
OBSERVATION WITH CONCLUSION: I see that there is a
big block of rests in the middle for me, which probably
means that another section takes over the melody and does a
7- SIMPLE OBSERVATION: The notes go up and down a
OBSERVATION WITH CONCLUSION: It looks like a wave
going up and down with the notes.