When the music makes sense



When we talk about music teaching, be it about music theory or how to play an instrument such as the recorder, we often discuss the curriculum, or the program that must be taught. Is that enough to play well and awe the audience?

During the period that the music student begins his studies until he graduates, too much emphasis is placed on the curricula, but little is taught about the skills or behaviors that make the beauty of the music, touching the heart of the audience, that is, what really makes a difference in the life of a musician.

Components of musicality

Let’s think about it: What makes someone a good musician? I know, it is not easy to answer this question in an objective way, and I believe that this question is not related to musical style, but rather with musical practice. When I think of a musician I admire, some things are common in almost all of them:

  • Play / sing perfectly tuned
  • Play / sing with a beautiful sound
  • Mastery of playing / singing technique
  • It looks very easy to play, sounds magical
  • Demonstrates joy in making music
  • So fluent in technique and musicality that it makes music a language, it seems that he “plays without an accent”
  • Performs the music with apparent freedom of tempo, although the music remains steady
  • Can even follow the aesthetic rules of your style, but always break those rules by surprising the audience.
  • Takes artistic risks
  • Improvises, in the broad sense of the term, not only in jam sessions
  • It stands out from the crowd, surprising at specific moments.
  • Interprets the music text convincingly, just as a good actor interprets a script
  • In case of a mistake, in addition to not demonstrating it, he turns the mistake into an ornament

And what does that change in our music practice?

For those who seek to improve musical practice, try to incorporate each of these elements into your daily practice, and look for strategies to achieve this result.

For teachers, it is important to teach our students from the first lesson on the importance of each of these factors, and to show them with examples of these good practices so that they can imitate and develop those skills. Only then will they will develop to their full potential.

And you, do you have any contribution to make? Do you have something to add? Leave your comments below!

1 Comment to "When the music makes sense"

  1. Interessante discussão e acho que ainda rende mais. Fico imaginando que ferramentas pedagógicas se utilizaria para desenvolver tais habilidades. Já que embora não tenha aprendido o pouco que sei da forma tradicional, nunca vi nada que procurasse desenvolver algo “além” da técnica.

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