'Once Upon My Cheek'
'Flight of the Bumblebee'
End of Year Dances
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.
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!