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After rehearsing the same music for so long, I feel it is easy to get on auto-pilot and just play the notes without really feeling the music. Today, I discussed with my class the many emotions that we feel and the many characters we have inside of us. We watched this video and identified the many different emotions that were felt in the one short clip (excitment, anticipation, disappointment, sadness, anger...):
This video was fitting for me because one of the stories I have been using for one of our pieces is about falling in love and breaking up. I then challenged students to feel and reflect those emotions as they played the music. Our rehearsal went much better and students really connected with the music.