Colorful Crescendos and Sunset Sounds

Level 2A, Technique and Artistry Book, Pg. 12, Colorful Sunset

Guiding a student to play artistically connects movements with sounds. This happens gradually as the student focuses on certain elements of music-making, then begins to fuse these as pieces vary and become more sophisticated. Here the sun glows warmly as Kai builds a careful crescendo, then watches the rays fade into a sunset with an equally smooth decrescendo. The repeated, flowing figure makes it easy for her to concentrate on increasing or decreasing the sound through four-measure, then two-measure sections. Changing colors—in nature and in music—always elicit a satisfied “aaah”.

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