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Should you listen to a piece of music before you learn it?

Listening to a composition before learning it can help a great deal!

Released on September 11, 2013

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LUIZ SETTE * VSM MEMBER * on September 11, 2013 @5:24 pm PST
Cool, as usual! I strongly agree and the issue becomes even more important for beginners and intermediate students. I sent a violin-piano Mozart Rondo to a teenager violin student I met in church asking her to advise me when we could schedule our 1st rehearsal. She replied: " Where is the mp3?" I quickly answered her: " Change your teacher! ".
Maria * VSM MEMBER * on September 11, 2013 @4:46 pm PST
Thanks Robert for your excellent comments which can also be applied to orchestral music and rehearsals. A new piece we started last night was interesting and today I heard the piece played by a full orchestra- what an eye-opener!
nii kwaku on September 11, 2013 @11:55 am PST
i am not able to watch the videos sent
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on September 11, 2013 @3:07 pm PST
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Donald J. Puent on September 11, 2013 @10:29 am PST
Robert, excellent comments you make here. Love all your visuals.
Annabel * VSM MEMBER * on September 11, 2013 @6:01 am PST
Recently I have been learning Oscar Petersons "Hymn to Freedom", about half way through it I looked up a recording of it and listened. I was amazed at how different the interpretation was. My version was much more melancholy, not so boisterous. Since this type of music is new to me ( my background is classical), it took several run through s before I accepted that both had validity. This so strongly confirms your point of argument regarding allowing your own interpretation of a piece.
Another thought that might be interesting to your viewers is listening to a piece on YouTube can often be detrimental, as opposed to a professional iTunes version. I try to warn all of my piano students to take YouTube versions with a grain of salt!
Thanks so much for your series of short videos you do an excellent job of being concise and very helpful!
Robert - host, on September 12, 2013 @1:36 pm PST
You offer students a good caveat. While there are some world class performances on YouTube, since anyone can post, you must search intelligently to find masterful performances.
Helen Louise Harratt on September 11, 2013 @5:53 am PST
I agree that a musician should be practice before they listen to a piece so that they can try and make there own interpretation and style of the music. i reckon that this method helps us develop our feel for how a it should sound when performed.
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