'Once Upon My Cheek'

'Flight of the Bumblebee'

End of Year Dances

Listening Ideas

 

In general, listening is your best way to “work smarter” rather than working harder.

 

The more you listen, the faster and easier you will learn your music—and with greater confidence, beautiful tone, and greater expressiveness.

 

Aim to listen two books ahead of the book you are studying, so make sure you own them.

 

Ideas

 

Listen to your repertoire quietly, in the background when you are at home

 

Listen to a “loop” of the 3 or 4 songs around your repertoire piece

 

Listen as you fall asleep

 

Listen at breakfast, in the car, on the bus, etc.

 

Take one particular mealtime or a car ride you are on each week to do some special listening

 

Listen on “shuffle”

 

Active listening is when you listen and look at your music

 

Listen-and-play is a practice technique 

 

Listen to a short section of a song, then play.  You may want to do this 3 times

 

Listen to live music. Attend a concert

 

Listen to a cello concerto.  What is a concerto?

 

Listen to a symphony so you know what a symphony is

 

Listen to a string quartet so you know what a string quartet is

 

Listen to one composer a few times in one month:each composer has a special sound

 

Go to the library and take out some music to listen to that seems interesting

 

Go on youtube.com and explore cello music

 

Go to www.newdirectionscello.org to hear many amazing improvising cellists

 

Listen to music from a particular country, perhaps one of the countries of your ancestry

 

Listen “like crazy” to your repertoire for one month, and notice the huge difference!

 

Listen and paint at the same time…what colors or images come to you?

 

Listen and notice how the music makes you feel

 

Listen to the Suites for solo cello by Johann Sebastian Bach

 

More listening ideas?  Write them down! Let me know!