Jennifer, This is an excellent demonstration of drawing out the expression in the music versus just playing the notes on the page. I love the mix of pieces that you chose to demonstrate this. Teaching like this makes it more exciting for the students as well as for the teachers.
We all need to stimulate our students to use their imaginations more. I feel at times that aspect of childhood creative play has been lost. With inspiration as shown in Jennifer's blog certainly gives one a springboard for refreshed teaching. Thank you for sharing.
Such a wonderful video, Jennifer! The use of the pictures was very effective, and I am wondering if, in addition to verbally sparking the students' creativity, do you ever show them pictures? I find that sometimes it is hard to draw out the students' imagination. I usually have to come up with the story myself. But maybe that's what you do, too.
During a lesson, you can use an iPad or a smart phone to bring up pictures or videos. My students seem to respond well to that. For example, I recently used a video to demonstrate the Chinese New year celebration to introduce Elly Wen's Silhouettes to one of my students. Another one of my students is working on Penguins by Linda Niamath, a cute and lovely little piece from RCM Level 2. There are lots of videos with penguins in them.
Thank you! I really like the idea of students getting a picture in their head right at the beginning of a piece. A good reminder of how to make music personal and relevant to the student.
What a wonderful and creative commentary on creativity in action! When the student can make a personal connection to the music, he or she can tell us an unforgettable story and take ownership for their performance. I loved the repertoire choices and pictures. Bravo, Jennifer!
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